Entergy statement regarding recent events in Japan

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation released the following statement regarding the earthquake and its aftermath in Japan. Entergy, based in New Orleans, owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. A nuclear power plant in northern Japan has suffered serious damage to three of its reactors. The Vermont Yankee plant has one 605 megawatt reactor. It supplies about one-third of the state’s electricity. Its license expires in 2012. Entergy is in the process of relicensing the plant for 20 more years. Statement:New Orleans, La. ‘ Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) and its employees express their deepest sympathies to the people of Japan during this difficult time. Entergy’s nuclear employees are closely monitoring the situation in coordination with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and industry peers. Working through NEI, we have offered our support and assistance to the Japanese nuclear industry. Entergy’s nuclear plants were designed and built to withstand the effects of natural disasters, including earthquakes and catastrophic flooding. The NRC requires that safety-significant structures, systems and components be designed to take into account the most severe natural phenomena historically reported for each site and surrounding area. In determining the appropriate standards, the NRC includes an added safety margin to ensure that the standards take into account the risk that a future event, such as an earthquake or flooding, could be more severe than any recorded historical event. Systems are designed with multiple contingent backup systems to provide greater safety margins.     In addition to stringent design and construction standards, Entergy and other nuclear operators conduct ongoing programs to ensure plant safety. These programs, which are closely monitored and evaluated by the NRC, include: â ¢        Ongoing risk analysis and design enhancements to address natural and man-made risks.â ¢        Extensive operator training in preparation for extreme conditions, along with drills and evaluations by the NRC.â ¢        The development and implementation of emergency response plans aimed at protecting public health and safety (such as those put in place following Hurricane Katrina); these plans are regularly exercised in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies.      There will be lessons learned from this tragic event. Incorporating those lessons into operating experience is a hallmark of the global nuclear industry. It is worth noting that the natural environment surrounding the nuclear plants in Japan is very different from the environment surrounding Entergy’s nuclear plants. According to information provided to us by NEI, and generally common knowledge in the scientific community, Japan is more susceptible to frequent and intense earthquakes than other developed countries. While it is still early, it appears that the nuclear units’ safety systems functioned properly after the initial effects of the earthquake in Japan. Reports suggest it was the overwhelming tsunami that severely damaged the plant’s cooling capabilities and recovery efforts.      Risk management is an ongoing practice at Entergy, including mitigating environmental, security, safety and mechanical risks, to name a few. The company understands and appreciates that these forces, natural and man-made, require constant vigilance and preparation for the unexpected. Accordingly, the company will continue to monitor closely the situation in Japan, and lessons will be learned and translated to even greater safety and effectiveness to meet the challenges of the most adverse and unexpected events, creating stronger public confidence in U.S. nuclear programs.More information on the nuclear industry and events in Japan can be found at www.nei.org(link is external).Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.Additional investor information can be accessed online at www.entergy.com(link is external).      March 14, 2011last_img read more

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Christened in Private Ceremony

first_imgOn Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gathered with close family and friends for the christening of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, at Windsor Castle’s private chapel.The intimate ceremony was attended by 25 people, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland and the baby’s Godparents. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose not to reveal who the Godparents are. Queen Elizabeth wasn’t able to attend the ceremony as she had a prior engagement and duty always comes first for the British Monarch.The official Instagram page for the royal family posted, “Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.”last_img read more

French double for ‘A’ squad trio

first_img Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk), winner of two titles already this season, has been selected along with fellow England ‘A’ squad members Daniel Brown (Bedale, Yorkshire) and Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria) to represent England Golf in the Chiberta Grand Prix on 3rd – 6th July and in the Biarritz Cup, on 10th – 13th July. Johnson, 22, currently lies fourth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf men’s Order of Merit following his victories in the Berkhamsted Trophy and the West of England Stroke Play Championship. It will be the first time the Norfolk county player has represented England Golf overseas. Brown, 19, is a boy international, a former Yorkshire champion and winner of all six of his games when Yorkshire won the Boys County Championship in 2012. This year, he finished equal fifth in the Duncan Putter, third in the Hampshire Hog and reached the quarter finals of last week’s Amateur Championship in Ireland. It will also be his maiden foreign assignment with England Golf. Chapman (pictured, image copyright Leaderboard Photography), 19, also a boy cap, reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship. He is enjoying a successful season, having finished third in the Duncan Putter, sixth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and equal seventh in the Hampshire Hog. Last year, when he made his England debut, he finished runner-up in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and in the Junior County Champions Tournament. The Chiberta Grand Prix is medal stroke play over 72 holes with a halfway cut. There is also a team event over the first two days, the best two of the three cards to count. The Biarritz Cup is a similar competition but the team event is for pairs with both scores to count. 26 Jun 2014 French double for ‘A’ squad trio last_img read more