Vermont utility board votes against renewing Vermont Yankee license

first_imgWashington Electric Cooperative Inc,The Board of Directors of Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) has called on the Vermont Legislature to vote against authorizing continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant after its current operating license expires in 2012. They further urged legislative leaders to vote on the matter early in this legislative session.In a resolution adopted unanimously at its January 27th meeting (attached), the WEC board cited several reasons for its position, expressing concerns about Vermont Yankee owner Entergy s poor track record in operating the plant, its proposed spin-off of plant ownership to a debt-laden entity Enexus, the growing on-site stockpile of high level radioactive waste, insufficient funding for decommissioning potentially worsened by recent leaks of radioactive materials, as well as WEC s potential liabilities for paying part of these costs.In a letter to members of the Vermont House and Senate, after urging legislative leaders to vote against extending the plant s license past 2012, WEC s Board President Barry Bernstein stated:  Our Board feels strongly that a timely decision on the plant s continued operation by the Vermont Legislature is critically important. It would enable state utilities and regulators to plan for an efficient transition from current dependence on the plant to a safe and sustainable energy future for Vermont. Washington Electric Co-op is a consumer-owned utility serving over 10,000 member households and businesses in 41 towns in Orange, Washington, Caledonia and Orleans Counties. The Co-op s nine-member Board of Directors is elected by its member/owners. Source: WEC. 1.28.2010### AttachmentSize WEC_VY_press_release__resolution.pdf259.76 KBlast_img read more

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European parliamentarians decide on IORP Directive rapporteur

first_imgEuropean parliamentarians have named the MEPs to oversee negotiations for the passage of the IORP Directive, with a former Irish government minister to lead efforts.Despite the appointment of Brian Hayes, who joined the European Parliament following last May’s elections, there will be a strong Dutch presence among the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs.A former junior minister in the current Irish coalition government, Hayes spent three years in the Department of Finance. He will act as rapporteur for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON).As a Fine Gael MEP, he is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and was appointed to ECON after joining parliament in July. He is also vice-chair of the parliamentary delegation for relations with Iraq. His appointment comes after several months of uncertainty over the appointment of a rapporteur, who facilitates the passage of legislation and leads negotiations between Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.Several people with knowledge of the situation told IPE last year that the EPP was behind schedule in naming the rapporteur.Many were hopeful that German Christian Democrat MEP Thomas Mann, an ECON substitute member and former rapporteur for a report on demographic challenges, would be appointed.Jeroen Lenaers, a Dutch member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, has been named its rapporteur,The other main political factions have appointed rapporteurs to shadow Hayes, with a further three Dutch MEPs among them.Paul Tang, a member of the Dutch Labour Party, will represent the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), Bas Eickhout will represent the Green parliamentary faction. Eickhout was previously a member of ECON and was appointed as a substitute late last year.Sophie in ‘t Veld, the third Dutch MEP, will represent the interests of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats. She is also a former member of ECON and has acted as rapporteur and shadow rapporteur on a number of matters relating to civil liberties.The European Conservatives and Reformists Group will be represented by Ashley Fox, in his first term as a UK MEP and an ECON substitute, and Spanish MEP Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio will represent the European United Left.last_img read more

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Manchester City Wants Zlatan Ibrahimović Again

first_imgManchester City in their ranks wants to bring the Swedish international, and PSG attacker Zlatan Ibrahimović.Even last year, citizens wanted Ibrahimović, but now they are even more interested, because they want to engage the attacker after the transfer of Carlos Teves in Italian Juventus.According to the French paper ‘L’Equipe’ Manchester City is thinking seriously about bringing Ibrahimović. On the other hand, it is expected that Edinson Cavani will be presented on Tuesday as a new player of PSG. (Source:Kilx.ba)last_img

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