Shumlin calls on Entergy Vermont Yankee to protect Vermont’s aquifers

first_imgDear Mr. Colomb,As Governor-elect, the integrity of Vermont’s aquifer is of the highest concern to me. I respectfully request that Entergy return its extraction wells to service and repeat my earlier request to increase the number of wells to prevent tritiated water from entering Vermont’s precious and irreplaceable aquifers.  It appears that ENVY made the decision to arbitrarily terminate the process of extracting tritiated ground water from the Vermont Yankee site as soon as 300,000-gallons of water had been removed.  The tritium concentration level of the remaining on site tritiated water after the 300,000-gallon cutoff was never provided to justify that decision.  On February 25, 2010, ENVY also made the decision to close its Construction Office Building (COB) well, which had been leaking tritiated water  into the underlying aquifer. ENVY’s February press release stated that if the well continued to operate, there was a ‘small possibility’ that its operation would draw tritium into the aquifer and cause ‘cross contamination’.  Therefore, shutting down the COB well was an appropriate precaution to avoid contaminating the aquifer.However, the October 8, 2010 hydrological COB well test results showed that the tritiated water had indeed contaminated the COB well even though it had been shut down seven months earlier.  This October 2010 discovery suggests that the likelihood of cross contamination of the COB well water was more significant than ENVY engineers had estimated in February.  The evidence shows that cross contamination of bedrock has apparently been occurring even after the COB well was shut down.  At that time, I recommended that the extraction wells remain in operation and their number be increased to avoid contamination of our aquifer. On October 13, 2010, Dr. William Irvin with the State Department of Health said,   â ¦the 300,000- gallon mark shouldn’t be an end point for the extraction process. He said cold weather is an impediment, but Entergy should continue to pump and store tritiated water through the winter. Irwin described the ‘extraction’ wells as ‘critical.’â ¦ ‘(Entergy) should make an effort to continue the extraction as long as tritium is in the water,’ Irwin said.  (Vermont Digger)Yet despite my suggestion and Dr. Irwin’s recommendation that the extraction wells remain operational, ENVY went ahead and on November 18, 2010 shut down these vital water safety devices.  The following day Entergy detected 500,000 pCi/l of tritium near the COB well and at bedrock.  This high radioactive concentration near the COB well and at bedrock is a further indication that the aquifer may be in serious jeopardy of contamination from tritium and other radioactive isotopes.Furthermore, I have been informed that since detecting tritium at a depth of 220 feet in the COB well in October, Entergy has not taken any radiation samples from the bedrock or aquifer via the COB well.  The COB well is the only source of data about what is happening in the aquifer under the site, so I also respectfully request that additional samples be taken regularly to allow the State of Vermont and Entergy to ascertain if one of Vermont’s essential aquifers has been or is being contaminated by tritiated water from this newest expansion of the tritium plume.  I also request that a formal schedule of testing of water, Connecticut River fish, and on-site vegetation be conducted for tritium, strontium and cesium.None of these requests should take any extensive effort and I would anticipate that recommended actions could be completed by the end of the week.  I would hope you would support these actions which I believe are in the public interest.  I look forward to hearing from you and to a productive working relationship.Sincerely,Peter ShumlinGovernor-Elect Northstar Vermont Yankee,Governor-elect Peter Shumlin sent a letter to Entergy’s Vermont Yankee Site Vice President, Michael Colomb today. Shumlin requests in the letter that Entergy return its extraction wells to service and repeated his request to increase the number of wells to prevent contaminated water from harming Vermont’s aquifers.The complete letter follows: December 7, 2010Michael Colomb, Site Vice President320 Governor Hunt RdVernon, Vt05304CC: Gregory Jaczko,  NRC Chairmanlast_img read more


Gordman’s grows in south east Indiana

first_imgHouston, Tx. — Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) is proud to announce the March grand openings of 38 brand new Gordmans stores across eight states. This rapid expansion of the off-price retailer will be celebrated in all 105 Gordmans stores spanning 19 states. Gordmans offers bigger deals and smaller prices every day.Off-Price Strategy Spurs Gordmans’ GrowthStage Stores launched Gordmans as an off-price retailer in 2017. With the 38 stores opening in March and additional 36 new stores planned for Summer of 2019, 141 Gordmans stores will be open by end of 2019. Gordmans offers incredible deals on name brand merchandise and trend-right home decor, making the retailer a treasure trove of fun and unique finds.“At Gordmans, we have put the fun back into shopping by creating an exciting store where terrific deals and popular name brands are at every turn. This means exceptional values on merchandise for the entire family and on-trend décor for the home. Fresh new merchandise deliveries arrive weekly in our stores, creating the thrill of a great find without having to hunt for it. In fact, the finds are so good, our guests often share them on social media,” said Michael Glazer, President and CEO of Stage Stores. “We are excited to invite newcomers and our loyal guests to join us as we celebrate Gordmans’ incredible deals and growth with fun giveaways and exciting events throughout the month of March.”Grand Opening Celebration Tour Stops at All 105 GordmansGordmans’ growth calls for an epic celebration, and Gordmans is launching a Grand Opening Tour throughout the month of March where fun events and great giveaways will be rockin’ at new and existing Gordmans stores.            March 30:            All 105 Gordmans Stores’ Grand Opening Tour Giveaways:At all Gordmans stores, the first 105 guests in line will receive a pop wallet and the opportunityto win a $105 gift card or a $5 shopping card.Gordmans Stores Opened March 7, 2019Taylorville, IllinoisBedford, IndianaColumbia City, IndianaCrawfordsville, IndianaGreencastle, IndianaKendallville, IndianaLinton, IndianaMartinsville, IndianaSalem, IndianaTell City, IndianaWashington, IndianaGordmans Stores Opened March 21, 2019Centralia, IllinoisMount Vernon, IllinoisAurora, IndianaBatesville, IndianaGreenfield, IndianaMount Vernon, IndianaPrinceton, IndianaShelbyville, IndianaWabash, Indianalast_img read more


The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup champions and we’re just as surprised as you

first_imgThe St. Louis Blues are  the 2019 Stanley Cup  champions. I repeat, the St. Louis Blues are  the 2019 Stanley Cup   champions — and, just as we were on March 29 when they clinched a playoff spot, we’re a little surprised. June 12The Blues lifted the Cup for the first time after getting that fourth win, a 4-1 Game 7 triumph over the Bruins in Boston, the city where Bobby Orr broke the franchise’s young hearts 49 years earlier. This time, St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never let the B’s get back into the contest. They iced the title with two more goals in the third.Every season has a Cinderella team, a team with an amazing story. Worst-to-first St. Louis was the team this year. The glass slipper fits.SN’s Tom Gatto contributed to this report. Craig Berube on clinching a playoff spot: “It’s a big thing, where we were and where we are now, but we’re not finished.” #stlblues pic.twitter.com/87ImXARqO6— x – St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 30, 2019Why, you may ask?center_img Well, before games were played Jan. 3 — yes, Jan. 3, 2019 — the team from Missouri was last in the NHL and 11 points behind the Anaheim Ducks for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Now, St. Louis is bringing Cup back to its home state.MORE: Get Blues championship gearWhat a long strange trip this season has been for the Blues:Nov. 20Before we can even start with how this happened, we need to go all the way back to November with the firing of coach Mike Yeo and the promotion of associate Craig Berube . “Chief” took over a team that was 7-9-3.At the time, people thought Joel Quenneville, who was let go by the Chicago Blackhawks two weeks earlier, would be tapped, given that he had previously coached the Blues for parts of eight seasons (1996-2004). Nope.  Quenneville was enjoying tailgating with Bears fans and looked content to be off the bench, so Berube was chosen to fill in and finish out what was looking like a lost season.Dec. 10If things couldn’t get any worse for St. Louis, teammates fought at practice. Not a good look for a team well outside the playoff race and losers of eight of their last 11. Robert Bortuzzo and Zach Sanford dropped the gloves at #STLBlues practice today.(via @Avery_188 ) pic.twitter.com/7rLxpies6g— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) December 10, 2018Robert Bortuzzo, who fought Zach Sanford, reflected on the incident March 25 with Blues radio analyst Joey Vitale on “The Late Shift””It’s something that happens in our game. It’s nothing I’m proud of and something that I don’t want to be doing,” he said. “But it had nothing to do with (Sanford). We’re good friends and it was just a sequence of events that led to something unfortunate.”Jan. 3As stated above, the season was looking grim on this date. Before games started that Thursday night, St. Louis was 15-18-4 (34 points) with a minus-21 goal differential and dead last in the league.That night, the Blues went out and beat the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-2. Sure, one game doesn’t turn the tide, but maybe Bortuzzo dropping the gloves with Tom Wilson — who was suspended earlier in the season for 14 games for a dirty hit on Oskar Sundqvist  — played a role. MORE:  How ‘Play Gloria’ became the Blues’ rallying cryJan. 5St. Louis recalled 25-year-old goaltender Jordan Binnington from San Antonio (AHL). Two days later, he made his first start of the season and his career. The rest has been history.Beginning with his 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 7, the 2011 draft pick has posted a 21-5-1 record with an impressive 1.78 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.Jordan Binnington of the @StLouisBlues became the 35th goaltender in League history to register a shutout in his first career NHL start and the eighth to do so in the past 15 years. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/XipaVcRYIQ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 8, 2019Jordan Binnington notched his first NHL start and shutout on the same day he was announced @theAHL player of the week.You could say last week was pretty good to him 👍 pic.twitter.com/R4hUT5UHav— San Antonio Rampage (@sarampage) January 10, 2019Binnington, who eventually took over the No. 1 spot from Jake Allen, has had his name thrown into the Calder Trophy and, dare we say, Vezina Trophy debates. He has earned Player of the Week honors twice this season (second star on Jan. 14; first star on Feb. 11) and was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February.Jan. 23-Feb. 19Twenty-eight days. In just 28 calendar days, the Blues changed their season.After losing 4-3 to the Kings on Jan. 21, St. Louis went on a tear, winning a franchise-record 11 consecutive games. After going from a game under. 500 (21-22-5) to 10 games over (32-22-5), the Blues were suddenly in a playoff spot and poised to make the postseason for the 42nd time in franchise history. The streak included wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0 in overtime) and Toronto Maple Leafs (3-2 in overtime) and back-to-back victories over the Nashville Predators (3-2 in regulation and 5-4 in overtime), who, as of now, look to be the Blues’ first-round opponent in the playoffs.Over the course of those 11 games, St. Louis went 493 minutes and 42 seconds without trailing. Rookie sensation Binnington won nine in a row — tied for fifth-most by a rookie netminder in NHL history. The team’s points leader, Ryan O’Reilly, scored 12 points. Vladimir Tarasenko notched an awe-inspiring 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists). Tarasenko, whose name was in the trade rumor mill in the beginning of January , was named the NHL’s third star of the month for February.March 7Things were looking up even more when Brayden Schenn was activated March 6 from injured reserve after missing the previous six games with an upper-body injury. Just a day later, things took a turn and the Cinderella season looked to be in peril.Leading goal-scorer Tarasenko suffered an upper-body injury during a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in which he scored the 28th goal of his season. The team announced he would be out for 10 days . The Blues went 1-2-2 in the five games he missed and were outscored 13-11, with five of the team’s goals coming in the lone victory, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.March 19The Blues got healthy. Tarasenko returned, and as if in direct correlation, the team won four in a row, including victories over the Lightning and the Vegas Golden Knights. Just three nights before Tarasenko’s return, David Perron returned to the lineup after missing 24 games with an upper-body injury. In the seven games since his return, he has seven points (four goals, three assists). He also closed out a remarkable streak in his fourth game back, March 21 against the Detroit Red Wings.David Perron recorded the fourth instance in @StLouisBlues franchise history of a player recording at least one point in 17 consecutive appearances, joining Brett Hull (25 GP in 1991-92, 20 GP in 1989-90) and Blake Dunlop (19 GP in 1981-82). #NHLStats #DETvsSTL pic.twitter.com/yvSRpeYMU2— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 22, 2019March 29Welcome to the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, St. Louis! You did it! WE’RE IN!!!! https://t.co/aAjs9kXe6a #stlblues pic.twitter.com/eYrWzpq7Om— x – St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 30, 2019Despite losing to the New York Rangers on March 29, the Blues clinched when the Arizona Coyotes lost to the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout.Since that key Jan. 3 date, St. Louis went 30-10-5 to close out the regular season and become the seventh team since expansion in 1967 (which was also when the Blues joined the NHL) to make the postseason after being in last place after New Year’s Day. Those 30 wins were also the second-most in the NHL since Jan. 1.May 21It took 49 years — or exactly 17,908 days since May 10, 1970 — but the St. Louis Blues are back in the Stanley Cup Final. As it so hapens, the last franchise they faced in the Stanley Cup Final is the same one they’ll face this time — the Boston Bruins. The moment that’s a half-century in the making! pic.twitter.com/Ws9k3WrYxV— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 22, 2019After defeating the Winnipeg Jets in six games, the Dallas Stars in seven and the San Jose Sharks in six in the West playoffs, the Blues are just four wins away from the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. last_img read more