Vermont Yankee narrows source of tritium leak

first_imgVermont Yankee engineers and technicians working to identify the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater continue to make progress, according to a statement Saturday from Vermont Yankee.  They have identified a location in the protected area of the plant with a tritium concentration of 2.45 million picocuries per liter in a newly installed groundwater monitoring well along the west wall of the plant’s Advanced Offgas Building. Engineers are making plans for additional excavation in the area to check some underground equipment that is used to transport water containing tritium from the offgas building to other plant buildings. The offgas system processes gases from the plant’s condenser. The wells between the plant and the river are showing varying concentrations that are not markedly different from yesterday.The engineers now have ten monitoring wells in service and four others being prepared for sampling. The well data is being used to further characterize the tritium concentration in the groundwater near equipment and buildings.While this investigation continues, Vermont Yankee’s Rob Williams said in a statement that it is there has been no elevated tritium level found in any drinking water well samples or at any location not on plant property, including the Connecticut River. The EPA has set a limit of 200,000 picocuries per liter for safe drinking water.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)Also helpful is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission web page on tritium monitoring: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/grndwtr-contam-trit…(link is external)last_img read more

Syracuse dominates Denver in 18-10, season-opening win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It seemed so easy for Kayla Treanor.She brought a Denver defender to her left, then spun to the right. Working with her back to the net, she twisted again and dodged another defender before firing a low shot past Denver goalie Hannah Hook. The goal gave SU a 14-5 lead, its largest lead of the game.No. 3 SU (1-0) dominated No. 19 Denver (0-1) in a 18-10 win at the Carrier Dome on Saturday —  the first game of a doubleheader which finishes with Canisius at 7:30 p.m. Treanor led the way with six points off five goals and an assist. Attacks Halle Majorana and Devon Collins both tallied hat tricks and Kailah Kempney came through with another four points.SU and DU gave the ball away on their initial possessions, but Syracuse recovered quicker than Denver. Treanor found Orange attack Lisa Rogers slicing through the middle of the Pioneer defense for the first goal of the game.In her first game in a Syracuse uniform, Majorana made her mark, too. She caught a pass on the crease and found herself one-on-one with the goalie. Majorana threw her stick into a fake at her waist, jerked her stick low and in one motion brought her stick back up, firing a shot into the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Pioneers to stayed in the game early on three goals in its first three shots on goal. SU goalie Kelsey Richardson failed to record a save until over 20 minutes into the first half. But as the game carried on, Richardson settled in and finished with seven saves.Despite nearly doubling Denver’s score, the Orange’s dominance was nonchalant. SU players solicited little more than a golf clap from their teammates on the bench.Even players on the field celebrated with what seemed to be half-hearted hugs. It was business as usual in the season opener for a Syracuse team looking that’s only starting what’s expected to be a dominant campaign. Comments Published on February 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more