As of 3 pm, today, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is at 100-percent power (~ 615 megawatts MWe). The plant has operated continuously since returning to service from the October 2008 refueling outage – a total of 297 days.On Monday, Vermont Yankee notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that a supervisor tested positive during a random fitness for duty test Monday morning. The employee was a supervisor in the plant’s maintenance department. The employee’s site access has been revoked, and a review of previous work is being performed. The fitness for duty program is regulated by the NRC and applies to all persons who work in the nuclear industry. VY has a fitness for duty program that helps ensure a drug and alcohol free workplace. There was no threat to public health or safety as a result of Monday’s incident.VY’s annual Safety Day celebration was held on Thurs., Aug. 27. Highlighting this year’s Safety Day was a special program, recognizing that the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) has formally upgraded VY’s status in the Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Program to Star Level. Approval into GMVPP Star status is VOSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding effort made by the VY team on achieving commendable occupational safety and health work standards. The event included a GMVPP STAR flag raising ceremony.Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 9/2/2009
“It’s pandemic good,” Lusk said. “Is what it is. It’s not up to it’s potential because we can’t do what we could do last year.” HALLSTEAD, Pa (WBNG) — Hellstead Manor opened for their fifth season over the weekend with a few changes. “It’s a bit trying this year,” Eric Lusk, Hellstead Manor owner, said. “But they’re getting through it. And we’re trying to do the best we can to make sure everyone has a fun, safe time.” Hellstead Manor was already a ‘no touch’ haunted house, but this year they are making sure to keep their actors at a proper distance from customers. Any drapes or curtains customers could have touched while walking through have been taken out or pulled back. Only groups of six are allowed in at a time. The Manor decreased the number of actors by 50 percent. Actors will be wearing masks underneath their costumes. All customers are required to wear masks when going through the haunted house and there are hand sanitation stations to use before and after. Lusk says even though they aren’t at a full capacity — the show is still good. When waiting in line, there are lines of tape to keep people six feet apart. If someone arrives without a mask, one will be given to them for free.