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

Skeletal Remains Found in Basement of Southold Home

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police found skeletal remains Monday buried under the basement of a Southold home while investigating the case of a 38-year-old woman who was reported missing 51 years ago, authorities said.Homicide Squad detectives and Southold town police used ground-penetrating sonar to narrow down where to dig in the basement of a Lower Road home, where the remains were found shortly before noon, police said.Investigators suspect the remains to be that of Louise Pietrewicz, of Cutchogue, who’s boyfriend owned the home at the time of her disappearance in October 1966. The remains were taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office to determine the identity and cause of death.The boyfriend, former Southold Police Officer William Boken, died in the 1980s, according to police and reports. The current homeowner, who investigators said has no involvement in the case, consented to the search, authorities added.Police noted that the search was a follow-up to a 2013 dig in the basement of the home that turned up no results.The discovery came after Suffolk Times, a community weekly newspaper covering the North Fork, published an in-depth report on the case last year.last_img read more

Buena Vista Raceway’s Suter Memorial sports $1,000 Stock Car prize

first_imgALTA, Iowa (June 27) – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $1,000 to win at Buena Vista Raceway’s Wednesday, July 2 Kyle Suter Memorial.A minimum of $100 will be paid to take the green flag in the draw/redraw show. North Central Line Service sponsors the pre-holiday special, which also features IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and BVR Bombers. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded in all divisions.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for military personnel with ID and kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 712 284-2561 and at the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.last_img read more