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

Sir Alex Ferguson recounts Jurgen Klopp’s 3am phone call after Liverpool won the league

first_imgKlopp was selected ahead of last year’s winner Chris Wilder at Sheffield United and Gareth Ainsworth of Wycombe, who came third.Leeds United chief Marcelo Bielsa was in fourth place, recognised for ending their 16-year Premier League exile.But ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp took the award after leading Liverpool to 99 points, dominating the top flight.Klopp and legendary former Manchester United boss Ferguson have grown close in recent years.The Reds chief still cherishes a breakfast meeting between the pair during the early years of his managerial career. “Jurgen, fantastic. I have spoken about Leeds United, 16 years in the Championship, Liverpool, 30 years since winning that league: incredible.“Really thoroughly deserved. The performance level of the team, really outstanding.“Your personality ran right through the whole club. I think it was a marvellous, marvellous performance.“I’ll forgive you for waking me up at half past three in the morning to tell me you’d won the league. Thank you.“But anyway, you’ve thoroughly deserved it, well done.”After receiving his award Klopp said: “I am absolutely delighted to get this title.“There are a lot of Liverpool names on this trophy – Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny looks like he is all over the trophy. Brendan Rodgers, too.“But the main name is Sir Alex Ferguson. I know it is not 100 per cent appropriate as Liverpool manager, but I admire him.“He was the first British manager I met and we had breakfast together – I am not sure if he remembers but for me it was like meeting the Pope.“I never thought then I would be holding the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy in my hands.” Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss was named LMA Manager of the Year.And he revealed that the German woke him up at 3am while celebrating the Reds’ title triumph.center_img Source: The Mirrorlast_img read more