TAKE ACTION – Excavation of Vermont Rivers Endangering the Future

Call to action from the Vermont Natural Resources Council :

In the days after Irene struck Vermont, the state responded to the emergency by allowing contractors with excavators into rivers in order to conduct critical repairs to roads other infrastructure. Now, four weeks after Irene, many municipalities have taken advantage of the situation, and excavators remain in many of our rivers, chewing away at river banks and river bottoms in a misguided effort to clean out the rivers. Cleaning out the rivers is not only a disaster for river ecology and fish habitat, it is actually going to make future flooding worse

We strongly urge you to call Gov. Shumlin’s office right now at

802-828-3333 and leave a clear message for him that this continued digging in the rivers must end because continuing to deepen and widen river channels will increase the risk of damage to property and public safety. Read more about the science here. 

Please call the governor’s office today. Urge him to rescind the emergency rules that are allowing unchecked in-stream excavation, and restore the rules that were in place before the storm to protect river health and public safety.

Thanks for all you do.

The VNRC water program

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! at St. Michael’s Oct. 2nd



Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now – Tour Breaking the Sound Barrier..

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the daily, grassroots, global, radio/TV news hour Democracy Now!, is on a national speaking tour to celebrate 15 years of DN!, now broadcasting on over 900 public television and radio stations around the world.

WHEN: Oct. 2nd – 3 pm

WHERE: St. Michael’s College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439

DESCRIPTION:Amy Goodman will be the keynote speaker at St. Michael’s College Annual Peace Pledge Ceremony, celebrating birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi; to be followed by book signing.

TICKETS: Free and open to the public.

MORE INFO: http://tour.democracynow.org/2011/10/colchester_vt.html

Entergy TWO Nuclear Reactors down on the Same Night

Apparently this last Sunday night was a bad night for Entergy, the corporation that owns Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor and is suing the State of Vermont. On Sunday night as I report earlierVermont Yankee had to step Vermont Yankee’s energy production down to 36% because of a recirculation pump malfunction. Now I just saw this article from the American Independent stating that Entergy’s Michigan Palisades Reactor “abruptly powered down on Sunday night when an electrical malfunction took out the power supply to several safety-related valves and switches.” here is an excerpt from the article –

Entergy faces another special investigation over malfunction at Michigan’s Palisades

By Eartha Jane Melzer | 09.29.11 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent a special investigation team to Entergy’s Palisades nuclear power plant to examine the circumstances around the plant’s latest unplanned shutdown.

Palisades 798 MW pressurized water reactor, located about 70 miles southwest of Grand Rapids on Lake Michigan, abruptly powered down on Sunday night when an electrical malfunction took out the power supply to several safety-related valves and switches.

“The issue involved plant workers who were performing maintenance activities on an electrical panel when a small metal piece located inside the breaker panel came into contact with another metal piece and caused an arc,” the NRC said Wednesday. “This resulted in a series of electrical issues that caused the plant to shut down and sent signals to multiple plant systems causing certain safety pumps to start and some safety valves to reposition.”

Officials say the plant has been controlling temperature by venting steam, that contains low levels of tritium, into in the environment.

Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that has a 12-year half life.

“The plant is in a safe shutdown condition but we have a number of questions about the complexity of the series of events that led to the reactor trip and want to better understand the actions taken by the plant staff before the reactor shutdown and in response to the event,” said NRC Region III Administrator Mark Satorius.

The agency said it will release a report from the special investigation within 45 days.

The shutdown at Palisades is the second this month and occurred just five days after the plant restarted from a shutdown triggered by a leak in the plant’s cooling system. The NRC has not yet released the report from the special investigation into that event. The agency also inspected the plant in August after a water pump failed.

With three problematic incidents this quarter, Palisades may be flagged for ongoing additional oversight by the NRC.

“This would be appropriate,” said David Lochbaum, a nuclear power expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists, “but NRC should go a step further and look to see if there is a corporate hand in the problems.

“Anytime there is a series of problems, it’s worth checking,” he said, “Are the plants being given enough money for operations? Are appropriate standards in place?”

link – http://www.americanindependent.com/196469/entergy-faces-another-special-investigation-over-malfunction-at-michigans-palisades

link to NRC Investigation announcement – http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2011/11-034.iii.pdf

(Vermont) Yankee still at reduced power

September 29, 2011

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor remained at below 50 percent power Wednesday as Entergy Nuclear technicians worked to repair electrical controls on a key cooling pump.
Entergy Nuclear spokesman Laurence Smith said that Yankee remained at 46 percent power, although the reactor dipped to 39 percent power earlier in the day as technicians performed some tests.

Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said that Entergy was still “trouble-shooting” the problem, which caused one of two recirculation pumps to stop working Sunday night.

Entergy reconfigured the flow of the existing operating pump, so the plant did not have to shut down, but must remain at reduced power until it is fixed, Sheehan said.

Smith said that some of the Entergy administrative staff had moved back into the corporate offices on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, which was hit by an arsonist last week.

Brattleboro Police Chief Eugene Wrinn said the arson case remained under investigation.

link – http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20110929/NEWS02/709299891/1003/NEWS02

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Cooling pump problem at Vermont Yankee

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BRATTLEBORO — One of the two main cooling pumps at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant stopped working unexpectedly late Sunday night, forcing the plant to reduce power to 36 percent.

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s spokesman Neil Sheehan, Entergy is currently trouble-shooting the problem, which is believed to be electrical in nature.If the repairs aren’t complete by 11 p.m. Monday, Entergy Nuclear will have to shut the plant down.

Entergy Nuclear spokesman Larry Smith said that progress was being made to repair the problem, but gave no timetable for repairs. Vermont Yankee had been starting to reduce power production in anticipation of its regularly scheduled refueling outage next month.

link – http://rutlandherald.typepad.com/vermonttoday/2011/09/major-problem-at-vermont-yankee-.html

Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution ( Occupy Wall Street )

New York City Occupy Wall Street Movement – Sep 23, 2011

1,000 + people marched through nyc and many were arrested. the crowd at the park grows each day. if you have not heard from your friends lately … maybe they’re there.


We want to share insights into the formation of a new social movement as it is still taking shape in real time.
The video was shot during the 5th and 6th day of the occupation.
This idea to occupy the financial district in New York City was inspired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia
which most of us were following online.
Despite of the corporate media’s effort to silence the protests, and Yahoo’s attempt to to censor it in e-mail communication,
the occupation is growing in numbers and spreading to other cities in the US and abroad.