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

Syracuse flashes balanced attack in 61-53 win over Clemson

first_imgIt was an unfamiliar situation for Syracuse as Marek Dolezaj pushed transition. He pulled up near the top of the key and fired a bounce pass to a cutting Oshae Brissett from the left wing.Brissett caught the pass in stride and slammed it home, throwing his hands up as the Carrier Dome crowd erupted and the Orange took an 11-point first-half lead.In its conference home opener, Syracuse (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) started hot and never looked back, controlling nearly every aspect of the game in a 61-53 win over Clemson (10-5, 0-2) on Wednesday night. For all but 36 seconds, Syracuse sat in the driver’s seat, never trailing. But unlike other big wins this season where Syracuse’s scoring trio — Tyus Battle, Brissett and Elijah Hughes — ran the offense, the Orange uncharacteristically flashed a balanced attack, one that gave them the momentum it needed to win its second-straight conference matchup.It came just four days after Syracuse’s win on the road against Notre Dame, when head coach Jim Boeheim addressed the media about his big three.“They have to show up,” the 43-year head coach said. “If they don’t we aren’t going to win. We depend on those guys.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile all three players combined for 35 points against Clemson, shots did not fall as often. Brissett and Battle missed all 10 of their shots from 3 and Hughes shot just 40 percent from the floor.Yet for the first time all year, Syracuse looked comfortable the entire game on its home court. For the second time this season, Frank Howard found himself in double-figures and shot 50 percent from the floor. Dolezaj added 10 points and nailed a pair of 3s, too.“I think (the offense is) really deadly (with four or five scorers),” Dolezaj said, who shot 50 percent from 3. “Usually last year we only had three players who could score. And now we have four, maybe five. We are really getting better.”It gave a glimpse at the potential Syracuse’s offense has, one that wasn’t balanced in any of SU’s nonconference slate, nor its ACC opener at Notre Dame. Brissett, Battle and Hughes accounted for 58 of the Orange’s 72 points in that win.There wasn’t anything different about the offense. SU kept firing 3s despite shooting 23 percent from deep, an area its struggled in all season — outside of Notre Dame. But instead of losing on that precedent, however, SU attacked the paint. The five starters combined for a 62 percent clip from inside the arc, and Bourama Sidibe added a make off the bench.Tony Coffield | Contributing Photographer“No one had a huge night,” said Battle, who finished with 12 points and three assists. “Thought we were all just being aggressive and looking for our shot and trying to make something happen on the offensive end. And that’s how we have to play.”Syracuse’s defense held its own the entire game, stymieing a Clemson offense that entered Wednesday ranked 10th in the country in 2-point field goal percentage, per kenpom.com. Sidibe, just days after making two huge defensive stops against Notre Dame, blocked three shots in 16 minutes.All the while, Paschal Chukwu, SU’s former starting center, sat on the bench in his long-sleeved orange shirt and white headband. Dolezaj and Sidibe rotated in and out for each other. For the first time all season, Chukwu didn’t log a single minute and Boeheim added postgame he was not battling injury.There were times when Clemson had an opportunity to claw its way back into the game, though. Early in the second half, the Tigers made back-to-back 3s to cut the deficit to just two possessions. Soon after, SU flashed a full-court press to combat the Tigers’ slight momentum shift.A Clemson turnover then resulted in a Dolezaj 3 from the right wing. On the next play, another turnover ended up with a Hughes 3 from the top of the key. Each time, the Carrier Dome crowd grew louder.Syracuse eviscerated the Clemson momentum by creating turnovers. The Tigers rank 273th in the country in offensive turnover percentage and turn the ball over 14.6 times per game. By game’s end, Clemson had 17 turnovers. Two came in the opening minutes, with Dolezaj drawing a pair of charges against the Clemson big men. There were strips inside the paint and errant passes trying to push the tempo, trying to beat SU full-court press that formed mid game.“One of the keys when we got (up) six, we pressed,” Boeheim said. “We got two big turnovers and scores and went up 12. The press served as purpose … and that gave us enough separation.”Whatever Clemson tried, Syracuse had an answer for. The Tigers shot a season-worst 35.8 percent from the field and couldn’t figure out how to buck its season-long 3-point woes.While Syracuse’s offense regressed slightly in the second half, the Orange never lost control, staying the course as an eight-point halftime lead turned into an eight-point win.After four nonconference losses, the Orange stumbled into ACC play with added importance on each game. No SU team has ever made the NCAA Tournament with four nonconference losses. Starting off conference play with a pair of wins became necessary for a Syracuse team beginning to find its groove. And through the efforts of its rarely-seen balanced attack on Wednesday, the Orange may have help outside of their scoring trio.“Takes a lot of pressure off our main scorers,” said Brissett. “We have guys that can really come in and make a spark.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 9, 2019 at 10:15 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Usain Bolt and Girlfriend Welcome Their First Child

first_imgHowever, his A-League career lasted just eight weeks and in January 2019 he announced he was taking a step back from sport to focus on a business career. The athletics star, who retired from running in 2017, is the only male sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Games. Bolt and Kasi Bennett, an entrepreneur who runs a marketing agency, have been together for over five years, but it wasn’t until 2016, when Bolt confirmed their relationship, saying they had just “gotten really serious.” The couple have shared moments from their journey to becoming parents with the public, starting with a pregnancy reveal on social media in January. Jamaicans and sprinting fans around the world were ecstatic about the announcement of “Baby Bolt” on the way and even gave suggestion on baby names. Well-wishers including Bolt’s forming running mate, Asafa Powell, who joked that Usain’s first child was long overdue. In March, the couple had an elaborate gender reveal in Jamaica, where it was revealed that the Jamaican sprinter would become a “#GirlDad” in short order. Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett welcomed their first child on May 17- a baby girl. In 2018, the 33-year-old opened up about their relationship in an interview with Australia’s STELLAR Magazine. Bolt revealed that he was ready to start a family “in the near future”. “It’s never a good time to have kids. It took me a while to figure that out. You just have to buckle down and do it. It’s in the near future, so, hopefully. We’ll see”, he said. Following his retirement from Tracks, he went on to pursue his dream to become a professional footballer, training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and turning down a deal with Maltese club Valletta before joining Australian club Central Coast Mariners. Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett via Instagram Via social media, Prime Minister congratulated the couple on the birth of their first child. Since then, Bolt has dabbled in various endeavours including producing dancehall and now Soca music. He also has s string of partnerships with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hubolt, Alpro, Xoom, among others.last_img read more