Entergy: No intent to mislead found, but some communication incomplete or inaccurate

first_imgEntergy 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/ —last_img read more

Beer Blog: Boiled Peanut Beer

first_imgThe boiled peanut. I can’t think of any food that’s more divisive than this slimy, hot, difficult to eat little nut. Either you love the boiled peanut, or you hate the boiled peanut. There is no middle ground.Typically, your preference is dictated by your geography. I believe some people call them “Yankees.” I won’t resort to name calling. I’ll just say that if you’re raised in the South, you’ll have a hard time not liking boiled peanuts. It’s like growing up on an island and not liking fish. Good luck with that. Boiled peanuts are ubiquitous. You find boiled peanuts on the side of the road, at the gas station, at the flea market, at parties, bars…I even found a guy boiling up a batch at the farmer’s market this week.That’s how you know the weather has finally turned for good. The boiled peanut stands pop up.The great irony of the boiled peanut is that it’s a classic road trip food, but it’s hard as hell to eat while you’re driving. It takes two hands so you have to drive with your knee, you get the juice all over you so you need lots of napkins, and you need a trash can to dispose of the empties. And yet, you can’t take a road trip in the South without stopping to get boiled peanuts. That’s sacrilege.Of course, like most things in life, boiled peanuts are better with beer. I finally came across Starr Hill’s new Soulshine Belgian Pale Ale this week, at roughly the same time I found the first boiled peanut stand. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences. What followed was the ultimate warm weather culinary experience—chasing a batch of hot boiled peanuts with this new, warm weather beer. Soulshine is lighter than your typical pale, almost as bubbly as Champagne, but still a little bit hoppy with a pleasant grapefruit nose. In other words, this is good boiled peanut beer.I threw the empty shells over the side of my deck and wiped my slimy hands on my camouflage shorts. Because that’s what we do in the South.last_img read more

Credit unions and moneyball for government

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Keith LeggettJim Nussle, the CEO and president of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), last summer teamed up with Peter Orszag to write Moneyball for Government.According to the Moneyball Principles, government at all levels should help improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities by:Building evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions;Investing limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; andDirecting funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.last_img read more

NCUA to host COVID-19 related consumer financial protection webinar

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions and their member-owners can receive an update on the impact of elder financial exploitation and other COVID-19 related scams in a June 11 webinar hosted by NCUA. Registration for the webinar, “Consumer Financial Protection Issues Impacting Older Adults,” is now open.The webinar is scheduled begin at 2 p.m. (ET) and run approximately 45 minutes.Representatives from the NCUA’s Office of Consumer Financial Protection, the CFPB’s Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans, and the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy will provide:An update on how consumer financial protection issues are impacting older adultsNew information on COVID-19-related scams; andlast_img read more

‘Brčko Open 2013’ has started

first_imgThe 10th ITF Futures Tournament ‘Brčko Open 2013’ was opened yesterday in Brčko, reports sportsport.baTennis players ranked 361 and above will participate at the tournament and three tennis players will represent BiH: Ismar Gorčić, Franjo Raspudić and Aleksandar Reljić.In the first round Gorčić will play against Ilija Vučić from Serbia, Raspudić against Ivano Blažević from Croatia and Reljić will play against Michal Schmid from Czech Rep.The tournament is worth 10 000 USD and the sponsor is Brčko District Government.last_img