Statement by Speaker Symington Regarding the Passage of S. 373, “Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant.”Today the House passed S. 373, “Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant.” This bill will protect Vermonters from a potential financial risk if the Entergy Corporation sells Vermont Yankee to a highly leveraged company, NewCo.The provisions of S. 373 are straightforward. It requires that if Vermont Yankee is sold, the Public Service Board (PSB) must determine that its decommissioning fund has enough assets and financial guarantees to pay for immediate restoration of the site upon closing of Vermont Yankee. If the fund currently is adequate, the PSB will require nothing further. If the fund is inadequate, the deficiency can be alleviated by either adding funds or supplying a letter of credit or other guarantee.When decommissioning does occur, S. 373 assures that the fund will be adequate to cover all costs, regardless of whether the corporation that owns the plant is financially strong or not. S. 373 ensures that Vermonters will not be saddled with the responsibility for clean up costs at Vermont Yankee. When Vermont Yankee was built Vermonters were told that its decommissioning would be fully paid for. This bill ensures that this promise will be kept.
Former Arsenal manager George Graham believes the Gunners must spend big on established players like Luis Suarez this summer if they are to compete seriously for the Barclays Premier League title again next season. Graham – who captained Arsenal to the double in 1971 and then managed them on to the league championship twice in 1989 and 1991 as well as success in the League Cup, FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup – feels now is the perfect opportunity to raid the bumper Emirates Stadium cash reserves. “Over the last few years Arsenal have not won a trophy and have spent a lot of money on the new stadium. Now is the time to spend money on top-quality players,” Graham said on TalkSPORT. “They need three or four quality players that can go straight into the first team. They have got quite a lot of money so it as an important summer for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. They need an experienced second-choice goalkeeper, a top-quality physical centre-half, a holding midfield player and a finisher up front.” Liverpool are determined to keep hold of their star striker, who is still part-way through serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League game last season. Graham feels, despite the controversy surrounding Suarez, his ability as a player cannot be called into question. “All the publicity that goes with Suarez takes away from how good a player he is. Suarez is one of the top strikers in Europe. If he comes to Arsenal, then he will get lots of goals,” the Scot said. Arsenal have arrived in Thailand for the next leg of their Asia tour following from a comfortable 7-0 win over an Indonesian side in Jakarta. Midfielder Jack Wilshere missed Sunday’s match with illness, but is expected to feature in the friendly at the My Dinh National Stadium on Wednesday. Striker Olivier Giroud scored twice at the weekend and hopes it can help focus his mind on the battles ahead in the forthcoming campaign. Arsenal are reported to be ready to improve their inital £30million bid for Liverpool’s wantaway Uruguay striker, and have also been linked with Real Madrid’s £25m-rated forward Gonzalo Higuain and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, as well as Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney. So far, though, the free transfer of France Under-21 attacker Yaya Sanogo is Arsene Wenger’s only confirmed summer purchase. Press Association Speaking to Arsenal Player, Giroud said: “It is always good for a striker to score really early. It is a friendly game, but when you can ‘kill’ the keeper, you have to do it when you are a striker. You have to have the striker spirit. Now we will go ahead and improve.” Wenger urged everyone to be patient as the club continue the search for reinforcements. Speaking at a press conference in Vietnam, reported by the Daily Mirror online, Wenger said: “You want me to announce a spectacular signing, but I can’t. We are working behind the scenes to strengthen the squad – but I can’t give you names.” read more
Wellington Police notes for Thursday, August 08, 2013â€¢12:04am James R. Cartmill, 23, Wellington was arrested on a City of Wellington Warrant for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.â€¢On August 6, 2013 at 8 a.m., officers took a report of a mental subject in the 1100 block N. Washington, Wellington.â€¢2:45 p.m., Juvenile male, 15, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with fail to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.â€¢4:36 p.m. Officers took a report of an attempted suicide in the 900 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢4:59 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle window in the 800 block N. C, Wellington. read more
Following his February 16th arrest Scott Wesner was charged with drug possession and trafficking, three counts of possession of a weapon and two counts of failing to comply with his probation order.- Advertisement -Originally from the Lower Mainland, he was released from custody the next day but ordered to leave Fort St. John and not to be located with the City limits except for court purposes.However, last Friday he was again arrested in Fort St. John and charged with cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking and three counts each, of failing to comply with his probation order and failing to comply with a recognizance.Meantime, Dean Carson Panrucker remains in local police custody pending his next court appearance next Monday.He faces 17 separate charges relating to drug and firearms offenses.Advertisement A suspected drug trafficker is scheduled to be back in court today, following his arrest last week for the second time in three weeks. read more