Vermont Health Department monitors newly contaminated wells at Vermont Yankee

first_imgIn the past month, three groundwater monitoring wells that previously tested negative for tritium have now been shown to be contaminated. All three wells ‘ GZ-23S, GZ-6 and GZ-24S ‘ are north of the underground plume of tritium-contaminated groundwater that the Health Department has been monitoring for the past 13 months. GZ-23S is much closer to the plume, as it is currently defined, compared to GZ-6 and GZ-24S. GZ-23S is approximately on a line between GZ-12 and GZ-13, two sites that have both yielded samples positive for tritium over the last several months. ( Vermont Yankee Groundwater Well Map )These newest results could be evidence that the original plume is broadening from north to south along the river, or that there are other sources responsible for tritium contamination. Vermont Yankee is investigating nearby plant structures, systems and components to determine the source. Northstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont Department of Health received laboratory data late last week from Entergy Vermont Yankee that indicates samples from groundwater monitoring well GZ-23S tested positive for low levels of tritium. Vermont Yankee’s lower limit of detection (LLD) for tritium is in the range of 670 to 700 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The test results for the samples collected from GZ-23S during the week of January 24 were 714 and 721 pCi/L. The only sample from GZ-23S that the Health Department Laboratory has received and analyzed so far was taken on December 6 ‘ tritium was not detected in that sample. Vermont Yankee officials also noted that they are plotting all of the underground utilities that run through the plume from the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) building area. This will help in evaluating whether these structures and components could act as conduits of tritium from the AOG plume into the area sampled by wells GZ-24S and GZ-6. Vermont Yankee officials have verified that they have made provisions to keep the river’s edge site free from winter ice that could prevent testing, and that they plan to sample the COB well again in February.   Groundwater ExtractionAccording to Vermont Yankee, as of February 3 approximately 317,000 gallons of tritium-contaminated groundwater has been pumped out of the ground to date, with approximately 9,700 of those gallons extracted since the re-start of that process on December 30, 2010. Sampling ProvisionsThe Health Department has been urging Vermont Yankee to sample river water at the river’s edge near the centerline of the AOG plume. Groundwater Monitoring Well ResultsThe results that follow are as reported by Vermont Yankee for tritium on February 3, 2011. In addition, Vermont Yankee has been reporting sample results every day to the Health Department since February 1, 2011.As of this report, 11 of the 31 groundwater monitoring wells are testing positive for tritium. With the exception of wells GZ-23S, GZ-6 and GZ-24S, the trend over the past several months has been that tritium concentrations in groundwater near plant structures, systems and components are decreasing. Trends for wells GZ-14 and GZ-22D, the two extraction sites, are trending downward as expected. Trends for GZ-23S, GZ-6 and GZ-24S, as described above, have remained relatively stable over the past two weeks. For this week, only GZ-15 had an increased tritium concentration compared to the last sample date.To date, gamma spectroscopy and special analyses for hard-to-detect radionuclides have not identified any other nuclear power plant-related radioactive materials in groundwater, drinking water or river water.GZ-1: GZ-2: GZ-3: 108,000 on 1/31/11, down from 121,275 on 1/24/11GZ-4: 70,000 on 1/31/11, down from 78,555 on 1/24/11GZ-5: GZ-6: GZ-7: 3,117 on 1/31/11, down from 3,474 on 1/4/11GZ-8: No sample; dry wellGZ-9: GZ-10: GZ-11: GZ-12S: 1,877 on 1/31/11, down from 3,268 on 1/17/11GZ-12D: 114,962 on 1/31/11, down from 130,857 on 1/17/11GZ-13S: GZ-13D: 880 on 1/31/11, down from 1,095 on 1/4/11GZ-14S: 334,136 on 1/31/11, down from 442,149 on 1/10/11GZ-14D: GZ-15: 144,700 on 1/26/11, up from 141,585 on 1/4/11GZ-16: GZ-17: GZ-18S: GZ-18D: GZ-19S: GZ-19D: GZ-20: GZ-21: 6,853 on 1/31/11, down from 8,673 on 1/17/11GZ-22D: 354,906 on 1/31/11, down from 398,557 on 1/17/11GZ-23S: GZ-24S: 4,857 on 2/3/11, down from 8,139 on 1/26/11GZ-25S: GZ-26S: GZ-27S: Source: Vermont Department of Health 2.7.2011 Vermont Yankee officials noted that the soils near GZ-24S and GZ-6 are of very low permeability. This means groundwater moves slowly through the soils. State officials will get further hydrogeological information at a technical briefing scheduled for February 10. The Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation have recommended for some time that samples be frequently obtained from the Construction Office Building (COB) well. Regular sampling will help determine the tritium concentration in this former drinking water well, which is 360 feet deep into bedrock, and help to better understand if other deep water sources could become contaminated. Groundwater Source InvestigationIn a teleconference on February 3, Vermont Yankee noted that it had completed pressure testing of two piping runs suspected as possible sources of new leaks. These are two of five piping runs that are high on the list of possible sources near GZ-24S. In fact, the well was sited at this location to monitor these particular piping runs. Pressure testing indicated that these two piping runs do not appear to be leaking. Preparations are underway to pressure test the other three piping runs. All of these five piping runs are drain lines for systems that normally carry gases. This means that less liquid travels through them. It also means that the concentration of other radioactive materials like cobalt-60, cesium-137 and strontium-90 (Co-60, Cs-137 and Sr-90) should be lower as compared to liquid processing lines. Vermont Yankee officials noted, however, that the concentration of tritium in these drain lines is similar to that of systems that process predominantly liquids with concentrations of about 3 million pCi/L. The Health Department Laboratory will continue to perform additional analyses on well samples from this new investigation area.last_img read more

Printed brochure “Tastes of the Zagreb region”

first_imgIn 2017, Zagreb County recorded 154.142 tourist overnight stays, which is 17 percent more than in the same period in 2016, and the number of arrivals increased by 16 percent (87.035 arrivals).Foreign guests realized 103.874 overnight stays (62.487 arrivals), while domestic guests realized 50.268 overnight stays (24.548 arrivals). Traditionally, most guests are from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland, but there were also tourists from Canada, Russia, New Zealand, Mexico, Tunisia, China, etc. The most visited cities were Velika Gorica, Samobor and Sveta Nedelja.”Over the years, Zagreb County has positioned itself primarily as an excursion destination that provides a strong counterbalance to the rhythm of accelerated Zagreb. It is known for its excellent eno-gastronomic offer, wine roads, and more recently the cheese road, rich cultural heritage and preserved rural area, as well as numerous events.”Said the director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board Ružica Rašperić and added that the multi-year growth in the number of tourist nights indicates the need for additional accommodation in the Zagreb County. “Excursions and guests are increasingly showing interest in an active stay in nature, and one of the branches of tourism to which we are especially dedicated is cycling tourism”- Rasperic explained.Namely, one of the most profitable and fastest growing branches of tourism is cycling tourism, and the number of active cyclists in Europe has reached almost 60 million. About 10 years ago, the Zagreb County Tourist Board made maps of bicycle paths, and recently many have been available via the mobile cycling application “ZG bike”. Bicycle service stations have been set up in all 9 towns of the county and in the municipalities of Krašić, Pisarovina and Brdovec. Also, Zagreb County is involved in the 123 million kuna project Greenway, the first bicycle highway in Croatia along the Sava River, from the border with Slovenia from Lijevi Dubrovčak, with a total length of 121,6 kilometers. “The growth of tourist traffic in the county is a reflection of many years of efforts of tourist workers invested in raising the activities of the destination, numerous events, developed excursion value chain, diverse and interesting rural area and what we are widely known for, and a rich eno-gastronomic offer. The increase in arrivals and overnight stays was certainly influenced by the proximity of the city of Zagreb, which is one of the largest tourist centers. ” expires Rašperić adds that in 2018 he will continue with promotional activities, and especially the development of cycling tourism with the aim of positioning Zagreb County as a cycling tourism destination of high quality service.All this is a good enough reason for even better development and promotion of the gastronomic offer, and just a month ago a new brochure “Tastes of the Zagreb region” was published, which presented the gastronomic and oenological offer of Zagreb County, and restaurants bearing the standard. The brochure is printed in Croatian and English, and is available at the Zagreb County Tourist Board, in digital form here You know the feeling when tourists ask in which restaurant they can taste local and indigenous food, and you can’t tell them where because restaurants simply rarely offer or don’t have such an offer. It is through this project that the opposite effect is to be achieved and to motivate restaurants for the local gastronomic offer that tourists crave.However, in order for the project to come to life in the long run and become self-sustaining, restaurants must benefit from it, ie they must make a profit. If they do not need such an offer, they will no longer be in the offer. That is why it is necessary to invest and promote this excellent project in the long run, especially through education and communication with the local population and tourism workers who must be ambassadors of tourism as well as these tourism stories.Unfortunately, often restaurants are not very interested in such and similar projects for reasons known only to them. In fact, not that they care or don’t care. Regardless of everything, the situation is as it is and everyone has to give their contribution in order to start things from the “dead point”. That is why we ourselves must be ambassadors of Croatian tourism and promote restaurants that have been involved in such projects that promote and offer indigenous gastronomy. Because if the restaurants do not offer indigenous cuisine, tourists cannot even taste it.And don’t forget that the very motive of the trip is to get to know a new way and culture of living, and the very essence of tourism is authenticity. So, it makes no sense to figuratively offer Viennese steaks to tourists from Austria. They want to try and taste something new, our gastronomic offer. On the other hand, it is logical and normal that as a restaurant you have indigenous cuisine in your offer and it is also normal that everyone has to “lose” a certain period until a certain critical mass of tourists and local guests is created, so that the whole story is profitable and self-sustaining. .All participants in tourism must unite and act together in synergy and a complete tourist offer.Side dish: Brochure “Tastes of the Zagreb region”last_img read more

Sunday blog: Talking casino, Collegiate, Facebook page and, grrr… North Dakota State

first_img5. Shout out of the week…I’m giving it to that North Dakota State team which came down and beat K-State in its own yard, much to my chagrin.Craig BohlThat’s a gutsy, well-oiled machine. If I’m a BCS school looking for a coach, I’d take a hard look at Craig Bohl, the NDSU head coach. He is proof that bald people are the smartest people on this planet. 4. Facebook page…The last thing I want to do is encourage people to log onto that godforsaken time-zapping, self-esteem reducing, ignorance-promoting social network website called Facebook – which I tend to be on quite frequently.But Sumner Newscow has a Facebook business page, and I encourage you to “like” it.Why? Because if this website is down for whatever reason, you can get an explanation on our Facebook page. Also, it’s a good way to get alerts of the newest stories on our site.Just log onto and give us a like. Stay away from the other stuff though. 2. My article…I knew this week’s Mulvane story would generate interest and reopen some wounds.But the story was relevant in that it completed a story that has been in play for more than a decade.  Today is payday. The Kansas Star is now in full operation and both the Mulvane and Wellington municipalities are adjusting their budgets accordingly. The 2014 budget was made this month and it will be the first year to reflect the full financial ramification of the casino. That fight for the casino resulted in $3 million to the city of Mulvane coffers, provided the casino continues generating its current state of revenue.The whole gambling culture perplexes me. I don’t understand why people throw good hard-earned dollars into slots and poker chips unless its for the entertainment purposes only. I’d rather watch a football game on TV. But each to their own.Still, I don’t bemoan Sumner County’s fight to bring a casino to the area in hopes of providing a little more development, providing a few jobs, and helping with our tax base. Perhaps, it was best the casino ended up in Mulvane. Wellington might have been a different town with the casino in our front yard — a town I would not have wanted to raise my children.It’s time to focus our attention on attracting other kinds of industry. If we aren’t growing, we’re dying. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Aug. 31, 2013…1. Casino afterthoughts…I didn’t cover the Sumner County casino issue as a news reporter so many of the specific details involving the decision of where to place the casino is a bit hazy.But I do know the county commissioners of the late 2000s and the Wellington city leadership are getting a bum rap on this site’s comment section (see story here). How’s that saying go… hindsight is always 20/20? It would have been political suicide for the commissioners at the time to endorse any other location than the one at Exit 19 during the first round of lottery votes.Remember, the commissioners made that recommendation based on a public resolution passed by Sumner County voters a few years earlier. To do anything differently would be in conflict of the wishes of their constituents.Also, at that point in time, Wellington was very much in the mix of landing the casino and was putting its best foot forward with a promotional package to the state. Had the commissioners made an endorsement including the Mulvane site, holy cow, they would have had hell to pay from the locals.When the commissioners made their vote, there was also no indication at the time the state lottery commission was going to turn its back on the Wellington contingency.It was apparent the lottery commission never intended to place the casino at Exit 19. Had the commissioners voted for a Mulvane site as well as Wellington’s, they would forever be blamed. A recall election would have been imminent.As far as the Wellington leadership is concerned, let’s get this straight: Had they not taken the initiative to bring a casino here, Wellington nor Sumner County would have ever been in the mix in the first place. And had Sedgwick County voters turned down a proposal to build a casino there, that thing would be sitting in downtown Wichita today — and we wouldn’t be having this discussion here in Sumner.How the casino came to be at Exit 33 is a fascinating tale. So many players were involved, so many different scenarios played out, so many twists and turns. Anything could have happened.Someone should write a book.center_img 3. Collegiate…I read the Wichita Collegiate football preview in the bird paper, and immediately took my remote control nearby and chucked it against the wall.How is Wichita Collegiate allowed to do what it does? The Spartans got a couple of transfers from Rose Hill, and an all-leaguer from Circle. Heck, they even stole from another private school. This year’s Spartan quarterback used to play for Kapaun Mount Carmel.Collegiate bullied its way into the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League, and I’ve heard the school has been actively recruiting a couple of athletes in Wellington.Collegiate also doesn’t have to worry about transfer rules. If an athlete transfers from say Winfield to Wellington, he has to sit out for a semester because of district boundaries. But you don’t have to at Collegiate because the school has no boundaries. The world is its boundary. So thus, there is no penalty moving from one school district to Collegiate.I have heard Wichita Trinity, another independent school, is getting pretty aggressive with their recruiting as well.So who is to blame? Is it the private schools for their aggressive recruiting or the public schools who are such wimps that they let it happen? Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (23) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down no bwf · 362 weeks ago Your not bald are hair challenged. Nice try though. Report Reply 8 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 362 weeks ago “I’ve heard”…”I have heard” If you have evidence you need to take it to the KSHSAA. These are very serious allegations and there are rules against it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SmackDaddy · 362 weeks ago Tracy I am going to be the first to run in and pop some popcorn and staying tuned in to the news cow for laughs. I dont believe I have ever seen you post one of your thoughts more on spot than this one about Collegiate. The State of Kansas has got to put an end to private schools being in the same classes as public schools because they do play by different rules. PRIVATE SCHOOLS can and do buy state championships. Its nothing uncommon for them to offer $10,000.00 scholarships to very good athletes. Put them in their own classification and leave our public schools to their own. Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Property Taxpayer · 362 weeks ago Cue: You need to understand the intent of Senate Bill 66. It was never intended to allow a County commission to choose the site. The intention was for the County Commission to examine all applications, make sure the minimum standards were met and forward ALL applications that met the minimum to the gaming commission to choose the site. Gracy, Marten, Newell decided to take the job of the gaming commission into their own hands. The end result was, for this past year, a loss to Sumner County of 3 million dollars. Had they done what the Senate Bill ask we could have no property tax in Sumner County today. But then again the School Boards and City Commissions would just reach into our pockets and take that away too! Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down oldlady · 362 weeks ago According to that bird paper, those guys from Rose Hill, ( both starters) who transferred to Collegiate, transferred because their parents moved. Makes one wonder how many blocks west they had to go? Who do they think they are kidding? Sompin needs to be done ’bout this situation! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 362 weeks ago Why is Wellington afraid of Collegiate? Reading some of these post you would think they was unstaoppable…Didn’t they play Conway all those years when Conway was State Champs? Report Reply 2 replies · active 362 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 362 weeks ago I am told that many states have private schools play their own leagues, regionals, state championships, etc. If KSHSAA won’t do that, why can’t they at least make the private schools play by the same rules that apply to public schools? Make it an even playing field. If players have to sit out a semester at private schools, the same should apply to private. It is plain and simple. Look how Collegiate got into the AVCTL. They bullied and bought their way in. Many schools out west have and had the same problem for many years and yet the KSHSAA turned their backs on them. COME ON KSHSAA, LET’S MAKE IT FAIR FOR ALL!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 362 weeks ago how bout no students have to sit out a semester when transferring. This is highschool I would propose that no high school athlete in Kansas shall be provided montetary incentives be it scholarship or personal funds for the sole purpose of participation of athletics in any school public or private. I see no problem moving to a school you feel like you will be successful at as long as your parents are within the district. This isn’t pee wee football a lot of these kids get better expose to college recruiting by going to different schools who could blame them for chasing their dreams? Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Iceman318 · 362 weeks ago What a lot of people are missing out on about Collegiates ability to recruit from anywhere puts them into the same category as a 6A team and that is the division they should be playing in if they want to play in a public playoff system. Smaller schools have to do with kids from a smaller base of players to draw from. When a small private school can selectively choose who they want to play for them when they can recruit from say 100,000 students you damn straight they are going to be able to field great teams. When a school like Wellington can only field a team from 150 boys you have to get damn lucky to have a remote chance to make the playoffs. I want to see the likes of Collegiate if they want to play for public state championships to be made to play in 6A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 362 weeks ago Not necessarily in football but when it comes to other sports watch out. They are trying their best now to buy a football championship having picked up an all league player from Circle and recruited the 2 brothers from Rose hill (receiver and QB) along with another great QB from Kapuan Mt. Carmel. I know a lot about Collegiate from being a moderator on another news papers site that talked lots on high school sports. Tracy the likes of Collegiate have no boundaries they have to follow like public schools. The majority of their student/athletes have full ride scholarships waiting for them when they graduate to continue in their choice sport when their high school careers are done. Its a shame the KSHSAA bowed down to their request to join the ARK VALLEY LEAGUE. It has a lot to do with members of the KSHSAA having their own students in private schools. Remember they take care of their own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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