Vermont Yankee tritium leak still sought

first_imgAccording to a statement from Entergy Vermont Yankee Sunday night, the source of the tritium leak has not yet been definitively identified nor has the status of the situation changed much at the Vernon site. Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians continue their investigation into the source of tritium in the plant s groundwater.The last inspection of the Advanced Off Gas concrete pipe tunnel using a boroscope revealed little change in conditions over the past week. Any water in the tunnel continues to be collected in a sump and removed.  Plans continue to test for leakage paths to the ground from the tunnel floor using pure water. This will help determine if and where the tunnel theoretically may be leaking water into the ground. This test will be performed after excavation exposes the tunnel floor so that technicians might be able to observe any leakage paths. Water used during the test will be collected and processed through plant systems.Tritium concentration monitoring is ongoing.  Contingency plans to relocate well (GZ-10) located in the excavation area are underway in the event that the excavation affects the ability to use this well. Engineers and vendor experts approved the design of the engineered shoring for excavation work yesterday and excavation in the AOG area commenced last night. The design assures protection for workers and accounts for nuclear safety. As the excavation proceeds, shoring is being installed to hold back the dirt wall to prevent the possibility of a cave in. As of noon today, the excavation has reached the seven foot level. Sunday afternoon, workers expect to excavate down to 11 feet. At that point, excavation will stop temporarily so that additional cross bracing can be welded in place. An engineered solution to capture potential leakage encountered at the unearthed AOG tunnel has also been prepared if it is needed. The enclosure above the excavation area is in progress and will be completed after the shoring is moved into place and excavation has reached 15 feet. The installation of the two new deep monitoring wells is complete and they are in the process of being developed (GZ-13D and GZ-14D). Digging for two additional shallow groundwater monitoring wells continues. The information from these new wells will help engineers and hydrology experts better understand groundwater flows beneath the site. While this investigation continues, it is important to note that there has been no tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the adjacent Connecticut River.For more details on the tritium investigation, the Vermont Department of Health has a thorough status report on the investigation at this web link: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/tritium.aspx(link is external)Source: Vermont Yankee. 2.21.2010last_img read more

Edward E. Miller

first_imgEdward E. Miller tragically lost his life in a fire early Wednesday morning June 20, 2018 at his home near Madison, Indiana. He was born in Marion, Indiana on August 8, 1954 and raised by his mother Helen Miller. He was one of eleven children. Ed had been a US Navy Veteran proudly serving his country from 1976 through 1978. On January 30, 1980, he married Christy L. Haines. He had been a truck driver for nearly 20 years. He enjoyed working in his garage, meticulously organizing things and working on cars for his family and friends! Over the past few years, you could always see him with his four legged poodle companion “Izzy”  that he loved very much.  He will be sadly missed by his wife Christy, son’s Jered Miller of Osgood, Michael Miller of Lawrenceburg, step son Jason Joy of Alabama along with 3 grandsons, Richard, Kienan and Justin and 2 granddaughters Destiny and Gabrielle.A memorial celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Neal’s Funeral Home with calling from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at which time the memorial service will begin.Memorials may be made to the donors choice.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Big crowd enjoys season championship night at CJ

first_imgCOLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Aug. 21) – The largest crowd of the year came out on Friday night to cheer on their favorite drivers on a near perfect weather night at the CJ Speedway. Mincer Ford of Columbus Junction sponsored the season championship races. By Jerry Mackey  All 2020 IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26. Cody Staley continued his mastery of CJ Speedway, wrapping up the track title with his seventh consecutive Mach-1 Sport Compact feature win.  Tenth starting Damon Murty broke out of the pack just past the midway point to take control of second. A lap 13 caution bunched the field on the restart the battle was on for the lead. Murty used both the high side and the bottom before shooting past Gordon and into the lead on lap 16. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature took the green with Howard Gordon Jr. setting sail from his outside front row starting position. Gordon led the first half of the race while a fierce battle was waged by a pack of contenders for second. Adam Bell, who has been a late race charger all year finished strong by taking second and stamped his name in the record books by becoming the track champion.last_img read more