Northstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory analysis of a water sample from the Connecticut River has again detected tritium. This sample was taken from the river on November 3 and had a tritium concentration of 1,120 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). No other radionuclides were detected. The VDH announced the finding today.The Connecticut River samples were pumped from a hose below the surface of the water next to the shoreline where the plume of tritium-contaminated groundwater is moving into the river. River water samples obtained on July 18, July 25, and August 8, 2011 from the same location were also positive for tritium. Tritium concentrations in those samples were 534 pCi/L, 611 pCi/L, and 565 pCi/L respectively. To date, no other radionuclides that could have originated from Vermont Yankee have been detected in river water.The Health Department immediately sent the water sample to its contract laboratory to be analyzed for hard-to-detect radioactive materials including strontium-90. Confirmatory gamma spectroscopy and analysis for tritium will also be done.The Health Department contacted Vermont Yankee to find out if their split of the river water sample had been analyzed. Vermont Yankee informed the Health Department on Tuesday, December 20 that its sample was also positive for tritium at a concentration of 1,230 pCi/L.There is no risk to public health. These low concentrations of tritium at the river’s edge are immediately diluted by the greater volume of river water to the point that they cannot be measured.To date, no tritium has been found at the six other locations in the river that are routinely sampled. No radioactive materials that could have originated from Vermont Yankee have been found in active drinking water wells on or off the plant property. One exception is the COB well, a drinking water well located at Vermont Yankee that had not been used since February 2010, which tested positive for tritium in October 2010. The Departments of Health and Public Safety and the Agency of Natural Resources have requested that the COB well be routinely tested. Vermont Yankee has not agreed to do this.This Connecticut River water sample is one of many samples obtained by the Health Department in its ongoing surveillance of the environment for impacts of the radioactive system leaks identified in early 2010. The sample is also part of a broader environmental surveillance program that uses hundreds of air, water, vegetation, milk, soil, river sediment and other samples to determine if Vermont Yankee releases contribute to increases in the public’s exposure to radiation.The sample results confirm the Conceptual Site Model that indicates small amounts of tritium would eventually reach the river. Bi-weekly sampling of the river will continue in accordance with the Vermont Yankee sampling plan. Follow-up samples taken on November 7 and 10 showed no signs of tritium. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the departments of health in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have been notified of the information by Vermont Yankee. Source: Vermont Dept of Health. Entergy Vermont Yankee 12.21.2011
Catherine “Katie” Ledford, 73 of Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Our Hospice Facility in Columbus. Katie was born on July 28, 1946 in Decatur County, the daughter of Casper and Claris (Hawkins) Wilmer. She was a 1964 graduate of Burney High School. On May 21, 1965 she married Ronald “Gar” Ledford, and he preceded her in death on November 11, 2015.Katie worked as a nurse for Dr. Domingo in Greensburg for 10 years. She was co-owner of Gimme Yogurt in Greensburg and later owned Katie’s Shoppe in Columbus from 1990 – 2000.Survivors include her daughters – Betzi (Kevin) Vires of Greensburg and Mandy Ledford of Greensburg; her grandchildren – Kristopher (Tasha) Ledford and Baili (Matt) Laudick; her great grandchildren – Linkin Laudick, Mia Laudick, Chesnie Lewellyn, Harper Ledford; three sisters – Sherry Israel, Martha Sneed and Rita Veerkamp; and two brothers – Bert Wilmer and Casper Wilmer II. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters – Margaret Kroger and Marianna Beckett, and two brothers – Chuck Wilmer and Lowell Wilmer.The family has made the difficult decision to postpone services because of the current health climate. There will be no calling at this time, instead a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
St. Kitts-Nevis, one of the few Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has praised the Asian nation as Taiwan celebrates 106th anniversary.Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, speaking at a ceremony to mark the occasion, said that it is the virtues of industry, ingenuity and loyalty exhibited by the Taiwanese people that has shaped the direction, progress and development of that country over the last 106 years.“The people of Taiwan, understanding the challenges of development for Taiwan, wanting to keep it safe and protected [and] understanding the values that differentiate the Republic of China (Taiwan) from the People’s Republic of China, decided by a majority that they have to be loyal to Taiwan, and that loyalty cannot be compromised,” he said.Loyalty to the country“Whether it is that you are associated with the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) in Taiwan or the KMT [Kuomintang], it is loyalty to country that has kept Taiwan safe and protected against a belligerent neighbor,” he added.China has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province since it went on its own, and has urged the international community to adopt its “One China Policy’ with regards to establishing defined diplomatic relations with Beijing, not Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city.Other Caribbean allies Apart from St. Kitts-Nevis, the other Caribbean countries Taiwan enjoys diplomatic relations with include, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Taiwan celebrates its 106th anniversary milestone on Tuesday, October 10. Prime Minister Harris said the loyalty demonstrated by diplomatic allies like St. Kitts and Nevis also plays a critical role in the overall development of Taiwan.
It looks like Saints fans still aren’t over the no-call in the NFC championship game that led to the Rams advancing to the Super Bowl.The infamous pass interence no-call involving the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman has been a hot-button topic over the last two weeks. Saints fans have kvetched ad nausem on the internet, on billboards and now in person. Fans took to the streets of New Orleans on Sunday before Super Bowl 53 in a second line (a brass band parade popular in New Orleans) in protest of the controversial play: MORE: Roger Goodell does worse by Saints with no real response to non-callVideo: Thousands of Saints fans second-line through downtown in a massive display of festive anger. pic.twitter.com/CK5Nedxnr7— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) February 3, 2019I guarantee there are more Saints fans outside Jackson Square than there are Rams fans outside the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/exTtRDugdF— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) February 3, 2019Protestors brought out all the stops: Waving yellow flags, brandishing voodoo dolls resembling NFL officials and even a dunk tank where participants could dunk an individual dressed as a referee.Photos from Magazine Street Who Dat protest party: Referees bitten & dunked, Goodell dissed by toddler pic.twitter.com/TZrdnrykKZ— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) February 3, 2019Saints fans wave yellow flags as they second-line at the NOLA No Call protest on the riverfront pic.twitter.com/jMTHRjNlCd— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) February 3, 2019Unfortunately for Saints fans, their “NOLA No Call” protest may fall on deaf ears. While commissioner Roger Goodell technically has the authority to intervene and reverse the result of the game, he stated earlier this week there was “absolutely” no consideration given in exercising that power.