Entergy Corporation today announced it has identified and stopped the source of tritium leakage at its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and has begun initial work to support the remediation of soil and groundwater at the plant site.The successful effort to identify the source of the leakage, fix the problem and prevent a recurrence capped an intense and rigorous effort by Entergy with the oversight of state and federal regulators that began in January when elevated levels of the radionuclide tritium were detected in monitoring wells built for that purpose. In a special briefing for key stakeholders, Entergy’s Executive Vice President, Operations Mark Savoff expressed regret that the leak occurred. At the same time, Savoff announced that the company has embarked on a six-point, fleet-wide initiative to become an industry leader in tritium leak prevention, detection, and mitigation. The six-point initiative includes benchmarking industry best practices, prioritizing structures, systems and components, improved inspection techniques, and improved strategies for prevention, monitoring and mitigation of leakage. Vermont Yankee engineers involved in the tritium investigation said the leakage came from two separate pipes inside a concrete tunnel. A floor drain that normally would have taken the water from the Entergy tunnel for normal processing was found to be clogged with debris and mud. This allowed the tritiated water to seep through an unsealed joint in the tunnel wall to the soil and eventually the groundwater. The pipes, which drain moisture from the plant’s Advanced Off Gas (AOG) system, have since been rerouted. After identifying where the leakage to the soil occurred, workers continued efforts to identify other such pathways to the soil and found none.Groundwater remediation to remove tritium will begin today with the pumping of shallow groundwater into above-ground containers for processing and reuse in the plant. The pumping will greatly reduce the concentration of tritium in groundwater. Also, planning is underway to remove about 150 cubic feet of soil that contains small amounts of other contaminants such as manganese and cobalt. The soil will be disposed of at a federally licensed disposal facility. Since the elevated tritium concentration was first confirmed at Vermont Yankee in early January, an intense investigation has been underway by a multi-disciplined technical team including Vermont Yankee engineers, chemists and environmental monitoring specialists. In addition, individuals and organizations from outside the company that have expertise in hydrology, well drilling and robotics assisted in the effort.Entergy Site Vice President Mike Colomb expressed gratitude to the investigation team for the dedicated, careful, and thorough approach it took in investigating, identifying and stopping the tritium leak. “This team has proven that a difficult problem can be solved with the right combination of expertise, experience and willingness to work day and night to see the project through to successful completion.”There has been no detectable tritium level found in any drinking water well samples at the Vermont Yankee site or in the Connecticut River. Both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Vermont Dept. of Health have said that the tritium in the groundwater at Vermont Yankee has not been a threat to public health and safety. Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that occurs naturally and is also a byproduct of nuclear plant operations. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and over 15,000 employees.Source: Vermont Yankee. 3.25.2010
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This is the fourth presidential election for our “pres-by-CD project,” as we informally call it, but there’s one key difference this time: A new round of redistricting is about to begin, meaning new congressional districts will be used in 2022. We’re crunching numbers for the current districts, though, so that we can measure how much the new boundaries do, or don’t, change the partisan makeup of each district, which is a very useful tool for evaluating gerrymandering. We’re also certain to see some special elections over the next two years that will be held using the existing district lines, so our data will help determine early on which races could be competitive.Now, to the numbers! Oklahoma’s top-lines barely budged over the last four years: In 2016 it voted 65-29 for Trump, while this year it gave Trump a similar 65-33 victory, a shift that can be attributed to weaker showings by third-party candidates. For the fifth presidential election in a row, the GOP nominee for president carried every single one of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, and Trump, unsurprisingly, also won each of the Sooner State’s five congressional districts.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While his statewide numbers didn’t shift much, Trump did see a larger collapse in the Oklahoma City-based 5th District, where his winning margin shrunk from 53-40 to 52-46—his weakest showing in the state. Democrats scored a major upset in the 5th District in 2018 when Democrat Kendra Horn unseated Republican Steve Russell, but Trump’s decline at the top of the ticket wasn’t enough to save Horn, who lost her first bid for reelection to Republican Stephanie Bice 52-48. Democrats could conceivably win back a seat like this one in the future, but Republicans, who will have unfettered control over redistricting next year, may simply divide the blue island of Oklahoma City between multiple districts.Meanwhile, Trump once again took at least 60% of the vote in Oklahoma’s other four congressional districts. Trump’s strongest margin of victory came in Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s 2nd District in the eastern part of the state, which he took 76-22. This region, nicknamed “Little Dixie,” was relatively friendly turf for Democrats up until a decade ago: A previous version of the 2nd District decisively elected Democratic Rep. Dan Boren to a fourth term as late as 2010. Boren retired in 2012, though, and Mullin has had no trouble holding it against all Democratic comers during any of his five campaigns.P.S. — After we’ve released the presidential results for all 435 House districts, Daily Kos Elections will circle back and continue our project to calculate the presidential election results for every legislative district in the country.- Advertisement –
Fiduciary managers currently manage than 80% of Dutch pension fund assets, with the majority of mandates (68.9%) being ‘full service’ and another 14.6% partial or ‘modular’ fiduciary mandates, according to a survey conducted by IPE sister publication IPNederland.The sixth annual IPNederland Fiduciary Management Survey canvassed more than 50 trustees and pension fund managers representing 46 corporate, occupational and industry-wide pension funds with assets ranging from €123m to €145bn, and with total assets worth €278.4bn.According to the survey, just 16% of pension fund assets in the Netherlands is not currently covered by any sort of fiduciary management arrangement.Further, just 0.5% of assets under management (AUM) is currently ‘in the market’ for fiduciary management, with 0.17% of assets available for full service mandates and 0.31% for partial mandates. IPN said these figures suggested the Dutch fiduciary market had matured.IPN’s survey, in addition to an analysis in terms of AUM, also showed how the Dutch fiduciary market has evolved in terms of the number of pension funds taking a fiduciary approach.In 2013, 43.5% of funds surveyed said they were employing a full-service fiduciary manager, an increase of more than 5 percentage points from the previous year (over 38%).The percentage of schemes using partial fiduciary mandates remained largely unchanged at 17.4% (2012: 17.6%).Overall, the percentage of schemes using fiduciary management increased from 56% in 2012 to slightly less than 61% in 2013.The number of schemes that do not use a fiduciary manager at present or have no plans to do so in future has also risen, from more than 32.3% in 2012 to 34.8% in 2013.The percentage of schemes that intend to hire a fiduciary manager in future has, by contrast, fallen sharply, from 11.7% in 2012 to just 4.4% in 2013 – another indication the market has developed fully, IPN said.
Hazard could yet beat hip trouble in time to face Watford at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, with Hiddink intent on helping the 24-year-old hit back to his best after a miserable opening to the new campaign. “He had a terrific season last year and it’s also normal you can have a setback after that,” said Hiddink. “But I think he can be a key player again.” Hazard proved an unwitting stooge in Dr Eva Carneiro’s Chelsea exit in September. Blues medic Carneiro was branded “naive” for rushing onto the field to treat the Belgium star in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8. One of Chelsea’s most potent and creative attacking forces last term, Hazard has been a shadow of his former self – but Hiddink vowed to restore the ex-Lille star to former glories. “He is a key player as captain of the national team in Belgium – but also here when he gets back into shape. “He was unlucky to be injured recently, which was another setback. “We need to get the ego back for him to perform.” Guus Hiddink has challenged Eden Hazard to rediscover his “ego” to become a key player at Chelsea again. Hiddink will oversee Chelsea for the first match of his second spell at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, while Didier Drogba appears to inch ever closer to joining the Blues’ backroom staff. Former Chelsea hit man Drogba sat alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich for the 3-1 win over Sunderland last weekend. The 37-year-old remains contracted for another season at Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer, but could yet assume a short-term role with Chelsea. Drogba’s MLS club have released a statement admitting talks with Chelsea over the Ivorian joining Hiddink’s back-room staff on a temporary basis. Montreal Impact want Drogba back for the start of the new season in March, however, leaving talks to continue between the two clubs. “We are currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC,” Montreal Impact confirmed via twitter. “We are doing everything we can to have him back with the Impact in 2016. “We understand his attachment to his former club and his desire to help them. We are willing to accommodate him. “But our objective is to have him back for another season, as agreed in his contract. This situation is out of our control. “We would like to thank our supporters for their understanding and their patience.” Stamford Bridge’s new interim manager Hiddink has prioritised restoring the confidence shattered by nine Premier League defeats this term, and Jose Mourinho’s sacking. The 69-year-old wants Chelsea to locate the strutting self-assurance that underscored last season’s league title charge, to guide the Blues away from relegation conflict. Press Association
CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man has been charged with burglary after an incident this past weekend.27-year-old Aaron Pankratz has been charged with second-degree burglary. He’s accused of forcing his way into a home in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Clear Lake on Saturday morning, where he allegedly assaulted two of the residents as they came out of a second-floor bedroom.Pankratz was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Wednesday where he’s being held on $10,000 cash-only bond. He’s due in court for his preliminary hearing on May 17th. Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.