Northstar Vermont Yankee,The work to isolate the remaining internal leak from the A AOG recombiner steam trap drainline into the AOG tunnel is complete, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon from Vermont Yankee. Monday night, the A drainline was successfully isolated. On Tuesday, inspection of the AOG tunnel using a remotely operated camera indicates that the internal leak from the A drainline to the tunnel has stopped. When the inspections are complete, the A drainline will be rerouted and be put into standby status. Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians are continuing to plan for soil and groundwater remediation. The installation of the well and equipment to support the pumping operation for extracting groundwater continues. To date, there has been no detectable tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the river. The Vermont Department of Health and Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel are monitoring the investigation.Steam Trap Drain Lines Re-routed The ‘B’ train of the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) hydrogen recombiner steam trap drain line has been temporarily re-routed to take it out of the AOG pipe tunnel. The B train is now back in service, allowing shut down of the A train last night. Workers will now modify and re-route the A train in the same manner.Once both the A and B trains are re-routed, this leak pathway to the AOG pipe tunnel and out into the environment will be eliminated. A camera will be installed in the AOG pipe tunnel to monitor conditions there, and another remotely operated vehicle (ROV) inspection of the pipe tunnel will be completed to make sure all leaks have been elimated by these temporary modifications. Both A and B trains will be permanently re-routed during the April/May 2010 refueling outage.Extraction Well Drilled Drilling of the groundwater remediation extraction well was completed today, March 23. This well, GZ-EW1 and water filtration equipment should be ready sometime this week to begin pumping out significant quantities of tritium-contaminated water from the ground. This extracted water will be treated and stored on-site to be re-used by Vermont Yankee.Monitoring Well Test Results Monitoring Well Test Results Testing by the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Yankee of on-site and off-site drinking water well samples, as well as water taken from the Connecticut River, continue to show no tritium in excess of the lower limit of detection (The most recent well results reported by Vermont Yankee are listed below. All results are expressed in terms of picocuries per liter (pCi/l), or below the lower level of detection (GZ-1: BackgroundOn January 7, 2010 the Vermont Department of Health was notified by Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station that samples taken from a groundwater monitoring well on site (identified as GZ-3) contained tritium.Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen. It is a by-product of the nuclear fission process in a nuclear reactor, and also occurs naturally in the environment in very low concentrations. Most tritium in the environment is in the form of tritiated water, which easily moves about in the atmosphere, bodies of water, groundwater and through soil and around rock. The finding of tritium in groundwater signals that there has been an unintended underground release of radioactive material, and that other radioisotopes may have contaminated the environment.Vermont Yankee officials are conducting an investigation to identify the source(s) of the tritium, and the magnitude of contamination, with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in an oversight role. The groundwater monitoring well initiative is a voluntary program sponsored by the NRC to detect unintended releases such as this.On February 14, one major source was identified and stopped. A pair of steam pipes inside the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) pipe tunnel were found to be badly corroded and leaking nuclear steam.The floor drain of this concrete tunnel was clogged with debris and mud. As a result, the condensate from the steam pipes pooled inside the tunnel and leaked out at a failed joint in the tunnel. (This is depicted as blue water drops on the AOG Building Schematic.)Soil testing in the area around the leak has measured concentrations of the radioactive metals cobalt-60, manganese-54, zinc-65 and cesium-137 consistent with a leak of nuclear reactor water. This confirms the pathway of tritium into the environment. Steadily decreasing tritium concentrations in samples taken from the groundwater monitoring well next to the pipe tunnel confirm that this leak has been stopped. Well test results from other groundwater monitoring wells drilled since January show the movement of tritium contamination in the groundwater generally west to east into the Connecticut River. (see Monitoring Well Location Map)Since the leak was first reported, the Vermont Department of Health has been closely monitoring and reporting on the investigation, has stepped up the frequency and number of water and environmental samples tested at the public health laboratory, and has been independently analyzing health risk. With assistance from Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Emergency Management, and other state agencies, a team of health and environmental experts have been regularly on site as independent analysts. This work is ongoing as Vermont Yankee continues its investigation and study of other plant systems and components to identify, repair, or remediate similar extent of conditions that could result in a leak.Regular updates are presented here. See the Investigation Archive for the history of this investigation.Sources: Vermont Yankee, 3.23.2010. Vermont Department of Health, 3.23.2010. read more
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras has used its bonds with fellow Central American nations as part of Operation Martillo to score major victories in its narcotics fight during the first seven months of the year. “The cooperation among countries allows for the exchange of information and improved technological resources, which leads to the strong blows we’re presently delivering against narco-traffickers, who move by air and sea,” said Col. Isaac Santos Aguilar, head of the Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (DLCN). The DLCN seized 11,023 pounds of cocaine and 39,282 pounds of marijuana during the first seven months of 2012 after confiscating 12,612 pounds of cocaine and 154 pounds of marijuana all of last year. Santos Aguilar praised the results of Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers Western Hemisphere and European nations in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. “We work jointly with international cooperation to try to interrupt the flow of drugs,” he said. “The efforts have been successful: A great amount of drugs has been confiscated; airplanes have been forced to land; it’s allowed for the capture of speedboats; and through Operation Martillo, in March of this year a semi-submersible was intercepted in the Caribbean.” So far this year, authorities have seized two narco-submarines. Last year, they seized three, according to the DLCN. Thanks to information gathered through Operation Martillo, the DLCN determined where narco-traffickers have established their principal routes. “During the past nine months, the inflow of drugs from South America into our country by land has centered in the northwestern region, especially in the department of Olancho,” Santos Aguilar said. “On the other hand, in the Caribbean we’ve seen an increase in trafficking in the department of Gracias a Dios and Colón.” The majority of narcotics-carrying planes enter the country through the Agalta Valley and the municipality of Catacamas in Olancho. But there’s also been an increase in narcotics-related activities in the areas of Ahuas, Auca, Brus Laguna and Wampusirpe in Gracias a Dios, Santos Aguilar said. “Those are remote areas and hard to reach,” he added. So far this year, the DLCN has destroyed 17 clandestine airstrips used by narco-traffickers to smuggle narcotics into the country – 13 more than were eradicated in 2011. Santos Aguilar also said the judicial system is handing down stiffer penalties and prison sentences to convicted narco-traffickers. “[The drug traffickers] no longer operate with as much impunity,” he said. “Perhaps toward the end of last year and the beginning of this one, we were saturated with the amount of drugs and flights entering the country,” he said. “But officials are coming down on crime, and the drugs that are confiscated are destroyed immediately.” Santos Aguilar said it isn’t just large-scale traffickers the DLCN is targeting. “We’re fighting the small-scale sale of narcotics and the illegal money being made by people who act in collusion with Honduran and foreign mafias to introduce drugs into the country,” Santos Aguilar said. “It’s money that’s being made at the expense of blood – the blood of Hondurans.” Santos Aguilar added the fight against narcotics extends beyond enforcement, as the DLCN has partnered with the Honduran National Police, the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI), which is the tax collecting branch, and the Secretary of Health to steer children away from drugs. By Dialogo August 31, 2012 “Young people are the biggest consumers in the country, and it’s evident that they’re increasingly using synthetic drugs; but the trafficking, consumption and distribution of drugs remain,” he said. At least 100,000 students use marijuana, 47,000 use cocaine, 37,000 use crack and other drugs and 174,000 drink alcohol, according to a survey given to students nationwide by the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Dependency on Pharmaceuticals (IHADFA). There are 1.3 million elementary and junior high school students between the ages of 6 and 15 and 533,000 high school students nationwide, according to the Secretary of Education. “The use of drugs among young people is hard to control because drugs have a presence all over the country, “said Rony Efraín Portillo, IHADFA’s general director. “Only by acting together can we face this evil.” About 60% of Hondurans, a country of eight million, say narco-traffickers have anywhere between “a lot” and “some” degree of influence in their municipalities and departments, according to a July 2012 survey conducted by the National Commissioner on Human Rights (CONADEH). The survey shed light on why Ramón Custodio López, the head of CONADEH, said narcotics have become a major problem. “Honduras is no longer a country where drugs transit through – it’s now a country with drug trafficking, which impacts all facets of society,” he said. “So far, we’ve managed to restructure some institutions created to combat narco-trafficking. It’s a long road but we’re in the right path.” read more
Danny Drinkwater has fanned the flames over Ben Chilwell’s potential move to Chelsea after posting a picture with the Leicester City left-back accompanied by the caption: “Summer scouting mission.” City title-winner Drinkwater moved to Stamford Bridge for £35m in 2017 and it is a switch that Chilwell could make this summer, with Frank Lampard keen on the England international. On Monday afternoon, Drinkwater, who has two years left on his Chelsea contract, ensured the transfer was the talk of the town once more after posting a picture on Instagram of himself with Chilwell from Mykonos.Advertisement Loading… read also:Drinkwater future at Villa doubtful after ‘headbutting Jota’ The captain read: “Summer scouting mission! Great guy and some footballer too.” Brendan Rodgers has been insistent that Chilwell is not for sale, and said last month: “He’s a Leicester City player. He’s not a player that we want to lose. So I’m quite relaxed on it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Best Actors To Start Their Careers On Soaps12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth read more
Ireland will reconvene for training this morning ahead of Sundays Euro Qualifier with Poland at the Aviva.James McLean Limped out of training yesterday but has confirmed that the injury is not serious and he will be able to play.Captain Robbie Keane is expected to take part in training for the first time this week.
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