Entergy Vermont Yankee refueling and maintenance outage begins

first_imgFeb 24, 2010 … His case against the relicensing was several fold, including: The new power purchase proposal from Vermont Yankee owner Entergy would … Aug 27, 2002 … Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy by Robert Smith The deal had more than its share of up and down moments, but the sale of the Vermont … Apr 18, 2011 … The other shoe has finally dropped. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced this morning that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear … Jul 25, 2011 … Today Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) communicated to its employees that the company’s board of directors voted to approve the fabrication … Entergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Northstar Vermont Yankee,Control room operators began removing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station from service Saturday night (October 8) to begin its 29th refueling and maintenance outage. The shutdown of the Vernon plant will mark the completion of the plant’s 29th operating cycle. The plant began commercial operation in 1972. According to published reports, the fuel will cost $65 million and the work will cost another $35 million for a total cost of about $100 million. The refueling will allow the plant to operate another 18 months, or well beyond its scheduled decommissioning in March 2012. Entergy has sued the state of Vermont to allow it to remain open for another 20 years. The state maintains that the Vermont Legislature must approve the license extension. The Vermont Senate voted in 2010 to reject the extension, but the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already granted the 20-year extention. The Vermont Public Service Board would also need to issue Entergy a Certificte of Public Good for it to remain in operation. Energy states in the federal court case in Brattleboro that the state cannot legally pre-empt the process.The court case concluded in September and US District Judge J Garvan Murtha is now mulling post-trial briefs. It is widely expected that the loser in US District Court will appeal the decision. At the very least, Entergy appears to be banking on the court case, in any result, pushing well beyond March 2012 so it will get the full value from the refueling.A Vermont Yankee statement on the refueling said the plant has again demonstrated its value as a safe and reliable electricity supplier to New England consumers. During this operating cycle, which began in May 2010, the plant has produced more than 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The refueling and maintenance outage will be performed by Entergy Vermont Yankee’s staff supplemented by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers, including valve technicians, radiation protection technicians, engineers, inspectors, millwrights, electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, welders, painters, equipment operators, insulators, carpenters, laborers and divers.Workers will replace 116 fuel assemblies in the reactor and perform various maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.The influx of more than 850 outside maintenance workers and their associated local spending provide a major economic boost to the region.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 delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy’s second quarter revenues were $2,803.3 million, compared to $2,862.9 for the same periond in 2010. Earnings for the two periods were $1.76 perdiluted share in Q2 2011 and $1.65 per diluted share in 2010.Entergy also announced last week that Kevin Bronson has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the James A FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.RELATED: Entergy to refuel Vermont Yankee as lawsuit proceeds | Vermont … Vermont Senate votes to close Yankee | Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy | Vermont Business Magazinelast_img read more

Waystation copes; problems persist

first_imgSYLMAR – Four months after its operators pleaded for money to help it stay afloat, the Wildlife Waystation has gotten enough donations to keep running but still faces financial challenges, officials said Wednesday. In August, the nonprofit sanctuary had threatened to leave its 400 lions, tigers and other animals to the care of state and county animal regulators if funds weren’t forthcoming. The public responded with enough donations to help pay for the thousands of dollars in monthly operating expenses, Waystation founder and director Martine Colette said. But the operation also needed to lay off workers to help balance the bottom line and still has a $1 million debt incurred over the past year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd now, a pending decision by Chief Administrative Law Judge Marc R. Hillson on whether to withdraw an exhibition permit in Collette’s name could deal a major blow. Without a permit, the Waystation would be barred from exhibiting tigers and animals at off-site fundraisers and other events. “The issue right now is, we have a complaint against her in court and that issue is still pending,” said Jessica Milteer, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. “If Martine Colette’s license is revoked, she wouldn’t be allowed to exhibit animals in public or on television.” The 160-acre exotic-wildlife sanctuary in Little Tujunga Canyon has cared for abandoned, abused and injured wildlife for 31 years with the help of volunteers. But over the summer, five of its eight board members quit – apparently fed up with the problems there – and a $100,000-a-year manager was let go. Half of the sanctuary’s 48 paid staff was laid off. In September, a U.S. Department of Agriculture administrative law judge fined the Waystation $25,000 for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failing to hire a full-time attending veterinarian, substandard vet care in dealing with animal diseases and injuries, and improper exhibiting of exotic animals to ensure public safety. Waystation officials say fundraising slowed in 2001 after it was closed to visitors by the county and ordered to upgrade its sewage system, widen roads and install a water tank for fighting fires. Tax records show that the Waystation had operated in the black through 2006. Then the agency took a financial plunge this year, something Colette attributes to an incomplete environmental study required by the county to renew a conditional-use permit. “We’ve started it, but we can’t finish it,” she said of the report, adding that she doesn’t have the money to pay for the study. “That’s part of why we are $1 million in debt.” She said she really doesn’t know what happened to the Waystation’s finances after former board Chairman Robert Lorsch assumed operational control in 2002, adding that she hopes to perform a forensic audit. Colette said she will speak with Palm Springs officials about plans – funds permitting – to move part of the sanctuary to a 50-acre site along Highway 111. Despite the financial shortfall, she insisted that the animals are in tip-top condition. On Wednesday, they were given Christmas goodies to munch on as part of a publicity event. “The animals are fabulous. They are cared for,” she said. “The volunteers have stepped up as best they can. The staff deserves a medal.” But critics said it’s time for the 31-year-old Waystation to close. “The general problem of the Waystation is that they’ve taken millions of dollars in donations but have made no improvements in obtaining their county operating permit,” said Victoria VanCamp, a former Waystation volunteer. “They have no sewage system. They have no potable water. No legal electrical system. Their hospital has been red-tagged by the county Fire Department. “The Waystation should be closed,” she said. “The animals should be transferred to other facilities.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 818-713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more