Vermont Yankee begins remediation planning of contaminated area

first_imgVermont Yankee reports that engineers and technicians continue their investigation into the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater and have commenced soil and groundwater remediation planning. Tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen associated with nuclear fission, was first identified in a test well at the nuclear power plant in Vernon in January.According to a Vermont Yankee statement, sample results from all the monitoring wells remain consistent with inspectors’ expectations and increased understanding of the movement of groundwater in the Advanced Off Gas courtyard. The information being provided is helping hydrologists to characterize the tritium concentration in that area and is assisting engineers in developing plans for remediation work. Upcoming near term activities include taking additional soil samples in the area near the previously identified leakage pathway and the use of guided wave technology to confirm the integrity of other hard to reach piping systems.According to a Vermont Yankee statement, the temporary piping modification involving the rerouting of the two drainlines to eliminate the leak pathway from the AOG drainlines into the tunnel is in progress. The rerouting of the Bravo ‘B’ drainline will be completed today, allowing the switchover from the ‘A” train to the ‘B’ AOG recombiner train. ROV camera inspections of the tunnel will be conducted at that time, followed by the rerouting of the ‘A” drainline. The rerouting work is scheduled to be completed later in the week. This leak in the AOG tunnel is being collected in a sump for processing through plant systems as designed. It is not reaching the environment.While this investigation continues, it is important to note that there has been no detectable tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the adjacent Connecticut River. The Vermont Department of Health and Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel are monitoring the investigation.Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 3.16.2010last_img read more

Eto’o strike completes Chelsea comeback

first_img In Suarez’s first match with Chelsea since April’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Jose Mourinho’s side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage. The Blues responded from going behind to Martin Skrtel’s fourth-minute goal with a brilliant Eden Hazard strike and a rare striker’s goal. Samuel Eto’o showed a goal-poacher’s instinct to decide the game with his third Premier League goal of the season – and just the sixth by a Chelsea striker. Liverpool hit the bar through Mamadou Sakho and might have had a penalty when John Terry clumsily clambered over Suarez in the box; although Hazard also had justifiable claims for a first-half spot-kick dismissed by referee Howard Webb. Suarez had another penalty claim denied when Eto’o tripped him off the ball as Chelsea held on to move two points behind leaders Arsenal in third place. Liverpool are six points off the pace at the halfway stage of the season. Mourinho enjoyed a famous rivalry with Liverpool in his first spell, but Chelsea’s recent record against the Reds has been poor as they recorded just a third win in 14 Premier League games between the sides, with the Portuguese achieving victory over Brendan Rodgers, one of his former apprentices. Mourinho’s previous duels with Liverpool came against Rafael Benitez, who he has made numerous veiled barbs towards since succeeding the Spaniard at Chelsea. Mourinho insisted he would not deploy David Luiz in midfield, but he did just that in a side showing four changes in a bid to stifle the attacking threat of Liverpool, particularly Suarez, who had scored 19 goals in his previous 13 Premier League games this term. Chelsea captain John Terry made his 600th Chelsea appearance, while Daniel Agger was the Reds’ sole change following the loss at Manchester City. The visitors led when Suarez got in front of Ivanovic to meet Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick. The ball hit Ivanovic and broke for Skrtel to tap in. Press Association Chelsea starved Luis Suarez of chances in claiming a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in a pulsating Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Conceding early roused Chelsea into action in a high-tempo, end-to-end contest. Hazard forced Simon Mignolet to save before going down in the box under the challenge of Lucas Leiva, who was fortunate not to concede a penalty. Mignolet was at full stretch to turn over a Frank Lampard shot from 25 yards which appeared destined for the top corner – but the Belgian goalkeeper was beaten by a brilliant shot from his compatriot Hazard moments later. Oscar drove through the middle and his attempted pass bounced off Sakho into Hazard’s path – and he hit a curled effort into the top corner. Chelsea were now on top, but still had to be alert at the back and Gary Cahill made a brilliant tackle to deny Joe Allen. Ivanovic’s reunion with Suarez lasted less than half an hour after the Serbia right-back’s left leg over-stretched after he collided with Agger, with Cole replacing him and Cesar Azpilicueta moving to right-back. Azpilicueta was involved in the move which took the Blues ahead, making an over-lapping run before Oscar crossed towards Eto’o – who got in front of Skrtel to poke in beyond Mignolet. Cech saved from Allen before the half-time whistle and a truce in proceedings which saw Eto’o and Sakho and Oscar and Coutinho swap shirts. Lampard was replaced by John Obi Mikel as Mourinho made his second change in a breathless encounter. Sakho hit the bar with a looping header after being found by Jordan Henderson before Mignolet saved from Eto’o. Suarez volleyed straight at Cech after tangling with Mikel to earn his first shooting chance of the game and then went down in the box after competing for an aerial ball with Terry, with Webb unmoved. Oscar curled narrowly wide after dispossessing Lucas and Hazard shot off target either side of Cech turning a Johnson effort round the post. Then Eto’o needlessly tripped Suarez off the ball – but again Webb dismissed Liverpool complaints. Fernando Torres replaced Eto’o and immediately ran at the Reds, cutting in from the touchline before forcing Mignolet to save. Brazil team-mates Lucas and Oscar were involved in an angry exchange in stoppage time after the Chelsea man’s tackle left his side defending a free-kick. Suarez scored in the 97th minute in April and when a late set-piece went the visitors’ way, Mignolet went up for the set-piece – but on this occasion there was no late equaliser. last_img read more

Inter District School Athletics begins

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Inter District School Athletic Championship got under way at the SAI Sports complex here today. Altogether 560 players and officials from 31 districts are taking part in the championship. The inaugural function was held in the evening which was attended by Queen Oja, the vice chairperson of Sports Authority of Assam, as the chief guest. The other dignitaries present in the function were Director of SAI (NE) Region Subhash Basumatary, Director in charge of Sports and Youth Welfare Partha Pegu, the president of the Sports Journalists Federation of India Subodh Malla Barua and former Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Welfare Pradip Hazarika.Meanwhile Trishna Barua of Kokrajhar bagged gold medal in the girls U-17 category. In the boys section the gold medal was collected by Akshay Boro of Kamrup (R). The other gold medal winners on Tuesday: U-17 girls category-Binki Chamuah (Kamrup Metro, 1500m), Jahanara Khatun (Barpeta, High jump), Mayukhi Deka (Kamrup Metro), Shot put. U-17 boys category-Birpung Narzary (Kokrajhar, 1500m), Aoikheek Gogoi (Sivasagar, Shot put), Bidyut Mazumdar (Kamrup Metro, High jump).Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more