Vermont Yankee expects to have contract by Friday, House Energy Committee passes clean-up costs bill

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Vice President Jay Thayer told the House Natural Resources Committee last Friday that Entergy will have a proposal for the Vermont utilities by the end of this week. Thayer had previously told the Legislature that a contract proposal would be presented before the break for Town Meeting in early March. Legislative leaders have indicated that lawmakers would not take up a bill to extend the Vermont Yankee contract beyond 2012 until Entergy presented a contract. Even now, the leaders are skeptical that a bill would move forward so late in this year’s session.Also on Friday, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee passed a bill protecting Vermont taxpayers from Vermont Yankee clean-up costs by requiring the owner of the plant to fully fund the facility s decommissioning.”Vermont taxpayers need to know that they won t have to pick up the tab for cleaning up the Vermont Yankee plant if it doesn’t continue to operate beyond 2012,” said House Speaker Shap Smith. “Entergy needs to live up to its obligation to clean up after itself, which is what this bill ensures.”The bill requires Vermont Yankee s parent company to make installment payments to fill the decommissioning fund if the plant does not continue to operate past 2012. If the plant closes in 2012, the owners will be required to make payments to fill the fund in 2011, 2012, 2018 and 2020.”Now more than ever, given the economic crisis and the instability on Wall Street, we need to ensure Vermonters and Vermont businesses don t have to pay upwards of a billion dollars to clean up the nuclear plant if it ends operation in 2012,” said House Natural Resources and Energy Chair Tony Klein.The committee vote was 8-2-1.last_img read more

Lucille E. Dittmer

first_imgLucille E. Dittmer, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born June 7, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, daughter of the late Leroy Stevens and Mary M. Stevens.She worked at Dearborn County Hospital, retiring after over 30 years of service.Lucille was passionate about her faith, church and family. She was a long time member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, was a children’s Sunday School teacher for many years and was with the Ladies Missionary Circle. Lucille was a DAR member and also helped with retired R Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: SVP. She enjoyed cooking, being in the flower garden, going to church and being with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Surviving are children, David (Mary) Dittmer of Aurora, IN, Debbie (Jim) McKinney of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, James David Dittmer, Gregory William Dittmer, Derrick Erwin Dittmer, James Dylan McKinney; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Madison & William Marshall.She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle W. Dittmer and several brothers and sisters.Friends will be received Saturday, March 3, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tom Fehrman officiating.last_img read more

Kristoff wins stage one as Pinot crashes

first_imgBy Julien PretotNICE, France (Reuters) – Alexander Kristoff won the opening stage of the Tour de France while Thibaut Pinot, who is hoping to end the home nation’s 35-year wait for a local champion, was one of several riders to take a tumble during a rain-hit ride yesterday.Norway’s Kristoff outsprinted Danish world champion Mads Pedersen after 156 km around Nice. Pinot trailed by some distance but was credited with the same time as the winner since the massive crash occurred within three kilometres of the finish line on the Promenade des Anglais.“For the moment he’s fine, but you always need to wait a few days to see if there have been consequences or not,” Pinot’s sports director at Groupama-FDJ, Philippe Mauduit, told Reuters.Dutchman Cees Bol finished third. Colombian Nairo Quintana, twice a Tour runner-up, fell earlier while Pavel Sivakov, one of defending champion Egan Bernal’s key lieutenants, hit the ground twice.Pre-stage favourites Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan and Giacomo Nizzolo also crashed on slippery roads as rain wreaked havoc during the stage.Organisers postponed the start of the Tour de France by several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. STRICT RULES The race got off to an eventful start as rain made the roads extremely slippery.“There must have been 100 riders crashing. Everyone struggles, everyone got scared,” said Pinot’s teammate Valentin Madouas.“It was like an ice rink.”The multiple incidents had prompted the Jumbo Visma team to ask the peloton to take it slow in a descent, but Astana refused to take the foot off the gas pedal. Their decision backfired, however, as their team leader Miguel Angel Lopez aquaplaned head first into a road sign. The Colombian got back on his bike.In another descent, Primoz Roglic’s team mate George Bennett also crashed, meaning riders from the top two teams – Jumbo Visma and Ineos Grenadiers – were nursing bruises after the first day.Pinot, who is considered one of the title contenders behind favourites Roglic and Bernal, sustained bruises on his leg and shoulder. The race started in front of scarce crowds in central Nice amid fears of a coronavirus second wave as the number of daily cases has been rising within France at an alarming rate in recent weeks.Riders and their staff are part of a race bubble in order to minimise risks of infections and French health authorities yesterday imposed stricter regulations in the event of coronavirus cases. They ruled that a team should be withdrawn if two or more of its members – including riders and support staff – tested positive within seven days, race organisers said yesterday.Riders, however, put on a brave face.“I think nobody imagined 2020 to be like this. But we have to go through this for the good of everyone and the fact that the Tour is starting is already a good thing,” triple world champion Peter Sagan told reporters.last_img read more