Entergy Corporation today announced it has provided to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell the results of its independent internal investigation into alleged contradictory or misleading information provided to the state government by company officials about underground piping at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.The report, prepared by the law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP, did not find that any Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee employees intentionally misled the Vermont Public Service Board, the Department of Public Service, a Public Oversight Panel assessing the plant’s reliability as part of its application for renewal of its operating license, or a contracting firm working for the panel, Nuclear Safety Associates.The report noted that the communications in question were made by Entergy employees in the context of the scope defined by the state’s contractor, Nuclear Safety Associates, in performing the reliability assessment. The Entergy responses were limited to only pipes that touch soil (not those encased in concrete), that carry liquid (not gaseous matter) and that are part of whole systems as defined by law. However, the Entergy employees’ failure to specify the context of their communication led to misunderstandings and, taken out of that context, the responses were incomplete and misleading, the report maintained.As a result of that failure, Entergy has removed five senior Vermont Yankee employees from their positions at Vermont Yankee and placed them on administrative leave. They are the vice president for operations, director of nuclear safety assurance, manager of licensing, technical specialist and senior project manager.The company also reprimanded an additional six managerial employees. All the discipline taken had financial consequences for the employees involved. Michael Colomb, Entergy Vermont Yankee site vice president, was reprimanded for failure to maintain an organization that adhered to the highest standards of conduct in all actions and communications.In a statement, Colomb said he was disappointed in how the contradictory or misleading information was given to the state and he, as the lead Entergy official at Vermont Yankee, took responsibility for what happened.”While there was no intentional wrongdoing, it is not consistent with our expectations at Vermont Yankee or in the nuclear industry, nor is it consistent with our values at Entergy,” Colomb said.Entergy Corporation’s online address is www.entergy.com(link is external)SOURCE Entergy Corporation. MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
After deducting votes from sustained objections and adding ones earned due to admitted claims, the PET found that Robredo got 1,510,178 votes from the pilot provinces as opposed to Marcos’ 204,512. Robredo said in a television interview that Marcos’ poll protest should be dismissed as he failed to show a “substantial recovery” of votes after a revision and re-appreciation of ballots from his pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. “Kaya ngayon na nilabas na iyong resulta ng recount, inaasahan namin na very soon idi-dismiss na iyong protesta,” Robredo said. “So iyon iyong hinihingi natin ngayon: huwag magpapalit ng rules in the middle of the game.” She added: “Mayroon silang resulta nitong recount. Even before ilabas ito ng Supreme Court, mayroon na silang resulta kasi mayroon na silang mga representatives doon sa recount at alam nila na lalo pang lumamang iyong boto ko,” she added. Robredo slammed allegations thrown by the Marcos camp, saying “it is impossible to manipulate the results of the manual recount as watchers of both camps and Presidential Electoral Tribunal officials were present.” The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), said Robredo’s lead in the three provinces protested by Marcos increased by some 15,000 votes. These figures are higher than the votes Robredo and Marcos got as reflected in the provincial certificates of canvass: 1,493,517 for Robredo and 202,136 for Marcos./PN MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo expects former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s poll protest to be dismissed after results of a manual recount in three pilot provinces have been revealed and showed her increasing her lead by some 15,000 votes. “After the revision and appreciation, the overall, nationwide vote lead of protestee Robredo increased from 263,473 to 278,566,” the PET said in a resolution. “Ang hindi ko naiintindihan kasi parang iyong pagsisinungaling, nakakahawa pala. Kasi pati iyong abogado nagsisinungaling na rin; kasi sila iyong nagpadala ng sarili nilang watchers,” Robredo said.
BATTLE OF MIDWAY TRADES PUNCHES WITH FAVORED MCKINZIE & EMERGES A HALF LENGTH WINNER IN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN PASQUAL STAKES; RIDDEN BY PRAT & TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES IN 1:46.95 RAINY CONDITIONS CONTRIBUTE TO 15 SCRATCHES IN THE RAINBOW SIX WHICH PRODUCES 18,764 WINNING TICKETS ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2019)–With Battle of Midway applying serious pressure early and late to favored McKinzie , Battle of Midway, with Flavien Prat up, emerged a half length victor in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Battle of Midway, a 5-year-old son of Smart Strike, got a mile and one eighth over a sloppy track in 1:46.95.In-hand early while ever attendant to McKinzie to his immediate inside, Battle of Midway was cruising in third position heading to the far turn as longshot Giant Expectations showed the way. Three abreast turning for home, the San Pasqual boiled down to the top two a furlong out, and although Battle of Midway drifted out some in the late stages, he finally wrested control from McKinzie and Mike Smith in the final 30 yards.“I think the key was being outside,” said Prat, who has now ridden Battle of Midway a total of 13 times, including his last 12 in a row. “The draw was very important. I don’t think either horse likes to get pressure inside and I was able to stay just outside of McKinzie the whole way. My horse likes to play around a little when he makes the lead, but he still finished good.”Most recently second as the favorite in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes going 1 1/16 miles here on Dec. 26, Battle of Midway was off as the second choice in a field of five older horses at 2-1 and paid $6.80, $2.60 and $2.10.“We were kind of undecided (about) what the speed was going to be,” said Hollendorfer. “I thought Bob (Baffert) would send (McKinzie), but he didn’t do that, so that kept us wide into the first turn, which was a good strategy for them…I thought Prat rode a great race. The other horse fought back, but we got lucky in the last couple jumps.”Owned by Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm, LLC, Battle of Midway, who is out of the Concerto mare Rigoletta, made his sixth start today following his victory in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2017, after which he went on to a failed tour of duty at stud.In what has developed into a remarkable career, Battle of Midway is now six-time stakes winner and is 16-8-4-2 overall. With the winner’s share today of $120,000, he now has earnings of $1,589,049.McKinzie, who came off a sensational 4 ¾ length win here in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, fought gallantly to finish second, 4 ¼ lengths in front of Giant Expectations. Off at 1-2, he paid $2.10 and $2.10.“I broke in front of him (Battle of Midway), but if I had it to do over again, I would’ve taken my horse back,” said Smith.Ridden by Joel Rosario, Giant Expectations was third-best, finishing 5 ½ lengths clear of Pavel. Off at 9-1, Giant Expectations paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.86, 46.09 and 1:09.33.With a mandatory payout on the line in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot, $5,198,742 in “new” money was wagered, making for a total live money pool of $6,790,951. Due primarily to heavy rains overnight and into this afternoon, there were a total of 11 program scratches in the Rainbow Six sequence, which helped to produce 18,764 winning tickets. Each paid $296.30.Racing will resume with a nine-race card on Big Game Sunday with special early first post time at 11 a.m.