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

How to overcome shyness at work

first_imgDo your homeworkWhen taking part in a work meeting, have a roadmap for what you plan to speak on. Writing down your talking points will help you out tremendously. Factor in how much time you estimate you’ll be given for making your point and come up with concise ideas to share. Going into a meeting prepared makes all the difference and will help boost your confidence.Stay informedAlways be up to speed on current events and issues others at work are interested in. That way when your coworkers talk socially around the office you will have things to input. There’s nothing worse than being clueless about what’s being discussed so although you don’t need to be an expert, knowing the basics will help you to be less reserved.Always be approachableIf others see you as pleasant and friendly then they’ll likely enjoy your presence and your company. When your coworkers like being around you, you will inevitably feel less shy and nervous. There are various personality traits the most likable people possess and a positive and open demeanor is certainly one of them.Take notesWatch very closely how the most personable and outgoing employees in your office interact with others. Model yourself after them and give yourself room to grow. Going from being shy to being more extroverted will not happen overnight so don’t be too hard on yourself. The more you let you your guard down and open up, the more comfortable you will feel with those around you. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Switzer becomes second vet hospital in NE Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“It was a huge surprise!”That’s was the reaction of Dr. Ryan Knight when he found out his practice became the second vet hospital in Northeast Michigan.The recognition came when the American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA) accredited Dr. Knight’s Switzer Veterinary Clinic as one of only 12% of accredited veterinary hospitals in the country.He said it took his team two years to prepare for this designation.The clinic had to pass 900 different standards of care based on AHAA rules and regulations.Veterinary technician Jessica Knowles said accreditation gives Switzer the opportunity to provide better medicine for the animals. She also said achieving accreditation boosted morale.“My pets are my children, and that’s how so many people nowadays treat their animals,” Knowles said. “I want that best care. I want somebody that loves my pet, my family member as much as I do.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ACC makes credit transfers easierNext Core strength stands for less shoveling injurieslast_img read more