BNFL agrees deal to stem US clean-up losses

first_imgNuclearWaste Management & Decommissioning BNFL agrees deal to stem US clean-up losses No posts to display BNFL’s CEO, Michael Parker said: “This is a further evolution of BNFL Inc.’s strategy. It fulfils one of the key conclusions of the joint BNFL/UK Government strategy review announced in December 2003, which was to reduce our exposure to the long-term financial risks associated with these historic fixed-price contracts, and gives us clarity going forward. I welcome today’s announcement by Patricia Hewitt, which confirms BNFL Inc.’s future. The company is now free to focus on its existing contracts, pursue new opportunities in the US and share its valuable skills and experience to benefit our UK clean-up customer, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.” Philip Strawbridge, President of BNFL Inc., added: “We are pleased that the negotiations have been finalised. We are performing strongly under our existing contracts and will complete physical work at ETTP this month. At AMWTP we designed and constructed a nuclear facility in record time and have prepared the facility so full-scale operations can begin soon. I am very proud that BNFL Inc.’s employees continued to perform exceptionally well and earned headline safety and operations recognition by the DOE during these negotiations and this period of uncertainty. We now look forward to continuing our performance on our other contracts and pursuing new opportunities that are consistent with our long-term commitment to build and grow the BNFL Inc. business.” 10 February 2005 – British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) has agreed a deal with the US government, which will stem losses and resolve a dispute over two fixed-price US nuclear clean-up contracts. Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale BNFL, which made a pre-tax loss of £303m before exceptional charges in the year to March 31 2004, so far has made provisions totalling $600m against the two contracts. A further £200m provision is expected to be charges for the current financial year. Twitter The deal is a resolution of contract issues between BNFL Inc. and the US Department of Energy (DOE) involving two historic fixed price clean-up contracts entered into in the 1990’s between BNFL Inc. and the DOE – the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) project at Oak Ridge and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant (AMWTP) at Idaho. Facebook BNFL Inc. is an American environmental clean-up company and is wholly owned by BNFL. BNFL Inc. provides waste management, decontamination and decommissioning and facility operations for the nation’s most difficult environmental and nuclear challenges. In addition to its operations at Oak Ridge and Idaho, BNFL Inc. has major operations at DOE sites at Savannah River, South Carolina and at Richland, Washington. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants The contract modifications provide for the settlement of a number of Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REAs) and additional potential claims between DOE and BNFL Inc. at both projects, the completion of the ETTP contract, a payment to BNFL Inc. of around $500m, and the transfer of the AWMTP facility to DOE on 1 May 2005. The AMWTP contract envisioned DOE’s potential purchase of the facility over time and this modification accelerates that action to give DOE complete control over that project. BNFL will receive $500-550m for giving up outstanding claims on the two loss making contracts and will hand over to the US Department of Energy a nuclear waste treatment plant built by the group in Idaho. BNFL will be able to draw a line under its losses, which are still expected to total $1bn. Linkedin TAGSComEd 2.10.2005 Twitter Previous articleMidwest group to acquire 47 per cent ownership of Prairie StateNext articleDong edges out Vattenfall for Energi E2 chloecox Linkedin Facebook The deal was announced yesterday by the UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt, and was welcomed by BNFL. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today By chloecox – The UK Government will be able to take advantage of BNFL Inc.’s resources, processes, skills, and experiences in the competitive US clean-up market as it adopts and implements a “US style” business model for UK clean-up and decommissioning, similar to the one used by DOE. In April 2005, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will assume responsibility for the UK’s civil nuclear legacy sites and will award management and operations contracts for these nuclear sites. BNFL Inc. will be supporting BNFL in this work in the UK. The UK will benefit directly from the knowledge gained by BNFL Inc. from its work under the DOE business models.last_img read more

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Positive Medication Case of Jessica Kuerten

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email* The FEI informed Jessica Kuerten of a positive medication sample taken from the mare Castle Forbes Maike at the CSIO5* La Baule, France. The rider decided to waive the offered fine of 500 Swiss Francs for the suspicion of a forbidden substance and requested the FEI to open the B sample. The date for the testing of the B sample was September 25th, 2007 at LCH in Paris, France where the A sample had already been analyzed.The witnessing analyst representing Jessica Kuerten, Dr. Laurent Bigler from the University of Zurich, was, however, refused the right to survey the analysis of the B sample at the lab. The lawyer for show jumping rider Jessica Kuerten, Dr. Ulf Walz from Basel, Switzerland, immediately issued a protested to the FEI stating that this conduct was “unprecedentedly scandalous, harassing and arbitrary.” Dr. Walz further stated that there were further inconsistencies regarding the handling of the samples that could indicate that they had been tampered with.The FEI has yet to release a public statement on the matter. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Operators pull together for key workers

first_imgMorebus and Yellow Buses have partnered during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic to ensure key workers can travel across Bournemouth and Poole. Bus tickets purchased by key workers are able to be used on either operators’ services in the region.  The arrangement is due to continue until the end of the pandemic. Drivers for both operators will recognise returns, dayriders or weekly passes – paper, apps or smartcards. Tickets for journeys across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Wimborne and New Milton are valid.last_img read more

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Indiana board backs electricity cost shift from industries

first_img Google+ Twitter (J. Tyler Klassen/Elkhart Truth) MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Consumer and environmental groups are arguing that Indiana utility regulators are unfairly shifting electricity costs from some large industrial customers to homeowners and small businesses.Their objections come after the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a proposal from Northern Indiana Public Service Co. allowing six large companies to seek electricity from other sources.The commission says NIPSCO faces a “unique business risk” because it sells about 40% of its electricity to those companies, including U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal and BP.Opponents maintain that decision will shift between $40 million and $60 million in annual costs to other customers. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Indiana board backs electricity cost shift from industries By Associated Press – December 9, 2019 0 198 Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Previous articleMichigan officials suggest new controls on farm animal wasteNext articleTrump announces Dec. 18 reelection rally in Michigan Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Italian government’s picks for state broadcaster roles criticized

first_imgMembers of the center-left Democratic Party said they will oppose Foa’s nomination when the parliament’s committee votes on it on August 1. The governing coalition does not have a majority in the committee, La Repubblica reported, which means they will need support from Forza Italia, the party of media magnate Silvio Berlusconi. “It’s the beginning of a cultural revolution for Rai,” said Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, adding the new leadership team will “free Rai from parasites.”Rai’s directors are chosen by the government and their appointments need the approval of two-thirds of an ad-hoc committee in the parliament.Foa will be joined by Fabrizio Salini as CEO. Salini has worked for Sky, Fox and Italian private broadcaster La7, and currently runs a production company.The nomination of Foa, CEO of an Italian-speaking Swiss media group, came as a surprise, including to Foa himself.He wrote on Facebook that he was “proud and moved” and was committed to “intellectually honest and independent journalism.” Italian media outlets quickly pointed out a grammatical mistake in his post — which was later corrected.Former Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni reacted sarcastically on Twitter, describing Foa as a “sovranista” — someone who prefers national sovereignty over exterior influences. The Italian government’s picks for the top jobs at national broadcaster Rai were criticized for a lack of independence.In particular, concerns were raised about the appointment of Marcello Foa, who will be Rai’s president. According to the weekly L’Espresso, the launch of Foa’s latest book was accompanied by a video message from Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the far-right League, and Foa participated in a meeting with Salvini and former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon when the latter was in Italy shortly after the March election.Foa is also a frequent commentator on Kremlin-backed RT, where he has supported the new Italian government’s positive stance on Moscow. In blog posts for Il Giornale, Foa praised the government’s tough stance on migration.last_img read more

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Merkel warns of rising intolerance on first Auschwitz visit

first_imgBERLIN — On her first visit to the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of attacks on democratic values, rising racism and historical revisionism.“For me it is anything but easy to stand here in front of you. I am filled with deep shame in the face of the barbaric crimes that were committed here by Germans,” Merkel said in a speech after touring the site together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.Prior to her visit, Merkel had announced a €60 million donation — of which half comes from the German federal government and half from the country’s regional governments — to the upkeep of the former concentration camp, where more than 1 million people were murdered during World War II. Most victims were Jewish. While stressing German responsibility for Nazi crimes, as she has done throughout her 14 years as chancellor, Merkel also warned of growing anti-Semitism and historical revisionism nearly 75 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.“What we are experiencing of late is an alarming level of racism,” she said. “Increasing intolerance, a wave of hate crimes. We are witnessing and experiencing an attack on the fundamental values of liberal democracy and a dangerous historical revisionism that serves a hostility that is directed against specific groups.”Anti-Semitic hate crimes are on the rise throughout Europe; an armed attack on a German synagogue on Yom Kippur sent shockwaves through the country. Earlier this year, a study found Holocaust revisionism to be rampant in the EU’s eastern member states. Poland in particular has been accused of revisionism.Merkel is only the third German chancellor to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, following in the footsteps of fellow Christian Democrat Helmut Kohl and Social Democrat Helmut Schmidt.In her speech, she emphasized German culpability and described the crimes committed at Auschwitz as “an integral part of our national identity,” a sharp rebuke to far-right German politicians who have sought to play down the significance of the Holocaust and Germany’s culture of remembrance.“It was a German extermination camp, operated by Germans and I place value on stressing this fact,” she said in her speech. “We Germans owe this to the victims and we owe it to ourselves.” Also On POLITICO Brussels Jewish Museum attacker handed life jail term By Galaxy Henry Forum British Jews look to Germany for Brexit ‘insurance policy’ By Hannah Robertslast_img read more

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Carnival feel absent from this year’s Rutgers Invitational

first_imgThis will be a homecoming of sorts for Minnesota swimmers and twin sisters Ashley and Kristen Steenvoorden. The juniors are both natives of East Brunswick, NJ and graduates of East Brunswick High School, where they had decorated high school careers.The Gophers are hoping to continue to build on their recent success, an impressive victory over the University of Missouri, in which they won by a score of 196-101. Minnesota took 14-of-16 events, and improved their dual meet record to 6-1 in the process.NotesJunior Kelci Bryant was named Big Ten Diver of the Week for her performance against Missouri. The reigning NCAA 3-meter champion won both the 3-meter and 1-meter diving event. This marks the second time this season that Bryant has earned the award. Carnival feel absent from this year’s Rutgers InvitationalIn past years, the event has included cannonball contests and clown diving. Samuel GordonJanuary 20, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers womenâÄôs swimming and diving team looks to defend its title this weekend at the third-annual Rutgers Invitational in New Brunswick, NJ.The event, which is designed to showcase many of the nationâÄôs top teams from various conferences, will feature No. 14 Minnesota, Harvard, Toledo, Rider, and Saint Francis, as well as the host, Rutgers.The invitational, which was inaugurated in Jan. 2009, was originally constructed as a swimming carnival, similar to the ones that former Yale head coach Bob Kiphuth created in the 1950s. In addition to popularizing the carnival concept, Kiphuth also founded Swimming World Magazine in 1951. The invitational was essentially created to pay homage to him and his impact on the sport.Swimming World Magazine had partnered with Rutgers to host the event for its first two years, but will not do so this year.This yearâÄôs invitational will likely have a more serious tone than last year, when there was a cannonball contest, clown diving, and a search and rescue demonstration. This weekendâÄôs competition will do without those exhibitions. However, younger swimmers and divers âÄî mostly elementary and middle school students âÄî will get to showcase their talents in their own events that will be mixed in throughout the meet.last_img read more

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Why do people with Alzheimer’s stop recognizing their loved ones?

first_imgShare Share on Twitter Email Pinterest For the study, the Montreal team recruited people with Alzheimer’s along with healthy seniors to study their ability to perceive faces and cars in photos that were either upright or upside down. Dr. Joubert explains the team’s findings: “The results for people with Alzheimer’s were similar to those in the control group in terms of answer accuracy and the time to process the upside-down faces and cars. To perform these tasks, the brain must perform a local analysis of the various image components perceived by the eye. However, with the upright faces, people with Alzheimer’s were much slower and made more mistakes than the healthy individuals. This leads us to believe that holistic face recognition in particular becomes impaired. Subjects with Alzheimer’s disease also demonstrated normal recognition of the upright cars, a task that in theory does not require holistic processing. This suggests that Alzheimer’s leads to visual perception problems specifically with faces.” What’s also surprising about this impairment is that it is observed in the early stages of the disease.Overall, Dr. Joubert’s study better explains the mechanism involved in the problem that people with Alzheimer’s have with recognizing the faces of family members or celebrities. The fact that impaired facial recognition might stem from a holistic perception problem–and not just a general memory problem–opens the door to different strategies (such as the recognition of particular facial traits or voice recognition) to help patients recognize their loved ones for longer.center_img Alzheimer’s not only steals people’s memories but also their ability to recognize faces, which widens the gulf between people with this disease and their loved ones. A recent study has demonstrated that, beyond causing memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease also impairs visual face perception. This finding may help families better understand their loved one’s inevitable difficulties and lead to new avenues to postpone this painful aspect of the disease.Research in this area by the team of Dr. Sven Joubert, PhD, a researcher at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and a professor with the Department of Psychology at Université de Montréal, will be published tomorrow in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.Face perception plays a fundamental role in human communication, which is why humans have evolved into experts at quickly detecting and identifying faces. This faculty is thought to depend on the ability to perceive a face as a whole. Also known as “holistic perception,” this ability is in contrast to the local and detailed analysis required to perceive individual facial features, such as the eyes, nose or mouth. Dr. Joubert’s study has demonstrated that the holistic ability to perceive faces is impaired by Alzheimer’s disease. Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

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Enterprise zones can work, given the right incentives

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Air Liquide’s remaining divestments unveiled

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