October 25 2014 Three New England Nuke Plants Owned by Entergy have Issues of Public Concern

Groups have concerns with 3 Entergy nukes

The company replied that it has kept safety a paramount concern

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Nuclear watchdog groups said Friday that Entergy Corp. is trying to cut costs at reactors it owns in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, and may be placing safety in jeopardy as a result.

The company replied that it has kept safety a paramount concern, but that it will comply with any new requirements placed on it by federal regulators resulting from the complaints from the groups.

“Running an aging nuclear reactor is already risky business,” said Jessica Azulay, program director of the Syracuse, New York-based Alliance for a Green Economy. “But running an aging nuclear reactor on the cheap — that’s just beyond irresponsible.”

The alliance, Massachusetts-based Pilgrim Watch, and the Citizens Awareness Network, which has affiliates in Massachusetts and Vermont, filed emergency petitions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission relating to Vermont Yankee and the FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York. They also asked the NRC to investigate whether cost-cutting is affecting safety measures at the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC’s Northeast regional office, said Friday the agency is reviewing the petitions.

Kelle Barfield, spokeswoman for New Orleans-based Entergy, said the watchdog groups are raising unnecessary alarm.

“Clearly, we say over and over again that safety is our top priority. We would do nothing that would compromise the safety of our employees or the communities where we operate,” Barfield said.

The groups maintain that Entergy’s slowness to replace an aging cooling system condenser at the Fitzpatrick plant has resulted in higher than necessary radiation exposure for workers. The condenser has been plagued by frequent leaks. They also question security at the Pilgrim plant, saying the grounds have been targeted frequently by unauthorized intruders.

In addition, they maintain that staffing levels contemplated by Entergy at Vermont Yankee after it closes at the end of the year won’t be adequate to guard against an accident involving its spent fuel storage pool.

The NRC wrote to Vermont Yankee on Oct. 20, saying its request to relax emergency planning around the plant after it shuts down contained inaccuracies, including about the amount of radiation that could escape in an accident involving the spent fuel pool.

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Jun 19 2012 Western Mass Home Heating Oil Prices

Below are oil prices for East Central Massachusetts High 3.4 Low 2.84 Average 3.184
Company Name Town Price Phone# Date Calc
KIERAS OIL INC AMHERST $3.199 6/14/2012
SURNER HEATING CO AMHERST $3.099 6/12/2012
COLLEGE DISCOUNT FUEL AMHERST $3.099 6/12/2012
WHEELER OIL CO CHESTER $3.400 6/1/2012
CENTRAL OIL CO CHICOPEE $3.200 6/14/2012
FUELCO SPRINGFIELD $2.820 6/19/2012
FAST FILL OIL WEST SPRINGFIELD $2.820 6/19/2012
PAYLESSFOROIL.COM WESTFIELD $2.999 6/14/2012
RICHARDS FUEL INC EASTHAMPTON $3.149 6/14/2012
DONOVAN OIL CO EAST LONGMEADOW $3.140 6/14/2012
U S OIL CO EAST LONGMEADOW $3.140 6/14/2012
AMBER ENERGY INC GRANBY $3.390 6/14/2012
SPRINGDALE OIL HOLYOKE $3.299 6/14/2012
WILLIMANSETT DISCOUNT FUEL CO,HOLYOKE $3.299 6/14/2012
RAY KELLEY & SON PALMER $3.290 6/14/2012
SOUTH HADLEY FUEL OIL SOUTH HADLEY $3.299 6/14/2012
MATERA OIL CO THORNDIKE $3.290 6/14/2012
CHUDY OIL CO THREE RIVERS $3.290 6/14/2012

May 27 2012 Chicopee’s Memorial Drive Smart Traffic Lights Set to Cause Delay and Burn Excess Gasoline

Chicopee’s Memorial Drive Smart Traffic Lights Set to Cause Delay and Burn Excess Gasoline.

Staff Writer WMASSLOCAL.Wordpress.com

I’d ask if anyone else noticed the supposed “SMART TRAFFIC  LIGHTS” installed on Memorial Drive in Chicopee Massachusetts, but I am sure you all have in that they are ANYTHING BUT SMART!

If these are SMART LIGHTS then they need to get smarter.. And a SMART LIGHT is only as SMART as the ENGINEER who programed it to respond to traffic flow or as in this case TRAFFIC CONGESTION!

The patterns programed into the computerized controllers can either facilitate traffic flow or cause traffic to grind to an annoying drudgery of being held to stop at every light from the Chicopee Falls lights on the South side of the Chicopee River all the way through to South Hadley.

The ONLY reason that you seem to hit EVERY RED light on the Memorial Drive is due to the fact that the PROGRAMING in the SMART LIGHT SYSTEM is set to exactly cause this result. There is no other reason. It may be by ignorance or it may be by DESIGN.  But one thing is for sure. These SMART TRAFFIC LIGHTS are fully capable of adapting to the flow of the traffic on Memorial Drive and into the Falls area. They are only doing what they have been told by the program to do!

Now with the added burden of the expected two year change in the flow of traffic being caused by the Chicopee Center bridge closure it is a good time to REPROGRAM the flow patters on Memorial Drive. And this reprogramming needs to accommodate the flow of traffic as opposed to causing manufactured congestion and wasted gasoline of Chicopee residents.

How is it that anyone can believe the Chicopee residents are being served by being stopped at every traffic light even when they are positioned as close as less than one tenth of a mile apart. The constant start and stop of each vehicle is an unwarranted waste of precious and costly gasoline to say nothing about the wear and tear on everyone’s nerves.

This SMART SYSTEM can be and should be reprogrammed by engineers who live in the area and fully understand the flow requirements of Memorial Drive Traffic.

This article is written by an expert in automation controls with over 25 years of experience in the field.

It would be wise for the LOCAL politicians to get it done RIGHT!

OCT 24 2011 Western Massachusetts Heating & Enegy Prices

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Below are oil prices for Springfield Area      High  3.62     Low 3.19     Average 3.441 
Company Name Town Price Phone# Date Calc
FUELCO SPRINGFIELD  $3.190  10/24/2011   
FOUNTAIN & SONS FUEL CO WARREN  $3.600  10/19/2011   
PAYLESSFOROIL.COM AGAWAM  $3.329  10/24/2011   
WESTFIELD FUEL CO WESTFIELD  $3.459  10/12/2011   
BEST OIL WESTFIELD  $3.490  10/19/2011   
BAY STATE OIL WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.520  10/19/2011   
COST LESS COD WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.490  10/19/2011   
ECONOMY OIL WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.490  10/19/2011   
FAST FILL OIL WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.390  10/24/2011   
QUICK STOP COLONIAL OIL WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.490  10/19/2011   
SUPREME OIL WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.490  10/24/2011   
VICKER’S INC WEST SPRINGFIELD  $3.490  10/19/2011   
B&B DISCOUNT OIL SPRINGFIELD  $3.360  10/24/2011   
EAST SPRINGFIELD OIL CO SPRINGFIELD  $3.570  10/19/2011   
THIBAULT FUEL LLC SPRINGFIELD  $3.490  10/17/2011   
SANTANIELLO OIL SPRINGFIELD  $3.470  10/24/2011   
MARK OIL INC SPRINGFIELD  $3.620  10/19/2011   
ABC OIL SPRINGFIELD  $3.259  10/24/2011   
HOWARD FUEL SVC SPRINGFIELD  $3.590  10/19/2011   
FUELCO SPRINGFIELD  $3.190  10/24/2011   

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Boston set to launch bike-share program 4/21/2009

Boston set to launch
bike-share program

The system will open in July with 600 bicycles and 61 stations. Officials envision it growing to as many as 5,000 bikes at more than 300 kiosks. (Boston Globe)