Georgia regulators approve new round of Vogtle nuclear costs By Robert Walton


Georgia regulators approve new round of Vogtle nuclear costs
By Robert Walton • Feb. 23, 2017
Dive Brief:

The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved a new round of expenses at Georgia Power’s long-delayed Vogtle nuclear plant, amounting to $141 million in the first half of 2016.
Despite “well publicized setbacks,” according to Commission Chairman Stan Wise, the project is still making progress and is within total capital costs of $3.68 billion approved by the commission in 2009.
But critics say that with the project only about a third complete, now would be a good time to ask hard questions about the plant’s future, particularly as the parent company of project contractor Westinghouse has said it is getting out of the nuclear business, and took a $6 billion writedown partially related to the Vogtle project.
Dive Insight:

Georgia regulators signed off on the 15th monitoring report related to Vogtle construction, but while the decision is relatively straightforward, it also comes at a time of turmoil for the delayed and over-budget project.

At the end of last year, regulators also approved an agreement between stakeholders that ensured customers will net $325 million in savings, and cement a deadline of 2020 for the unties to come online. Vogtle has two operating units that have been online since the late 1980s. Once operational, the third and fourth units will produce 2,200 MW of power.

“The Plant Vogtle project continues to make progress despite well publicized setbacks,” Commission Chairman Stan Wise said in a statement. “I believe that in the long run this project, when completed, will provide reliable, stable and carbon free electricity for many generations of Georgians.”

The PSC’s signoff comes the same week Toshiba, which owns a stake in Vogtle contractor Westinghouse, said it would take a $6 billion writedown related to nuclear construction in the United States. Toshiba acquired a majority stake in Westinghouse in 2006, and is managing construction of new nuclear generation at Vogtle and V.C. Summer in South Carolina. Both, however, are years behind schedule and billions over budget.

MIT Technology Review has said the writedown and Toshiba’s likely exit from the nuclear business could signal an end to new nuclear construction in the United States.

Recommended Reading:

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia Public Service Commission OKs latest spending at Plant Vogtle offsite link

You know that I rarely make comments after posting an article written by someone else. I cannot help it this time. I just posted and article by this person about the fact that Westinghouse is going to file for bankruptcy. Maybe God is watching over us after all. We don’t need no more stinking nuclear plants! Especially not in Georgia. This plant expansion has been a fucked up idea from the start, then they charge each resident with Georgia Power electricity (between the EPA violations charges we are stuck with covering and the fees for this new nuclear piece of shit) an extra $22.00 month, per home.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but if given a choice I would have never invested in nuclear power. Hell if I am investing $22 monthly, I want to pick an investment that will give me something other than death in the end. All of the setbacks should tell people that no one knows what the fuck they are doing!

In case Georgia has not smelled the coffee already, the Georgia Public Service Commission is owned by Georgia Power. Why the hell they don’t just call it the Georgia Power Service Commission, is just to continue the fraud against Georgia citizens. How the hell is it that the residents get to pay for the EPA violations? Georgia Power, owned by Southern Company is nothing but a bunch of crooks!!!

From brittius.wordpress.com Maxine Waters goes completely unhinged By Thomas Lifson

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom: . March 17, 2017 . Maxine Waters goes completely unhinged By Thomas Lifson . Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is making a strong case to become the poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome. Long an exploiter of loony left memes, such as the contention that the CIA deliberately spread a…

via Trump Derangement Syndrome: Maxine Waters goes completely unhinged — Brittius

“No fish out there, anywhere, over a very large area”… “What’s happening? Where’s their food?” — “Alarming… Frightening… Total failure in reproduction… Like nothing we’ve ever observed before”


Massive die-offs reported in Pacific Ocean — Officials: “No fish out there, anywhere, over a very large area”… “What’s happening? Where’s their food?” — “Alarming… Frightening… Total failure in reproduction… Like nothing we’ve ever observed before” (VIDEO)
Published: March 16th, 2017 at 2:35 pm ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/massive-die-offs-reported-in-pacific-ocean-officials-theres-no-fish-out-there-anywhere-over-a-very-large-area-what-is-happening-where-is-their-food-alarming-frightening

KTUU, Feb 14, 2017 (emphasis added): Following last year’s massive die-off of Alaskan seabirds, scientists still looking for answers… “Geographically and that it lasted a year, that’s unprecedented, [Kathy Kuletz, a biologist with US Fish & Wildlife Service]… “it’s certainly well over a hundred thousand and it could go many times that.”… “I would say possibly hundreds of thousands were killed… Almost always it’s been starvation… Sea birds are top predators,” [Heather Renner, biologist with Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge] said. “They’re sort of sentinels for our environment. They have definitely let us know that there’s change going on in the ocean ecosystem”… Renner says [the birds had an] exceptionally low birthing season… This reproductive die-off meant a “total failure” of murre reproduction that year… “The reproductive die off is something we’ve never seen in murres before, widespread. The refuge (AMNWR) has been monitoring these colonies for 4 decades and it’s like nothing we’ve ever observed before,” Renner said…
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Following-last-years-massive-die-off-of-Alaskan-seabirds-scientists-still-looking-for-answers-413757753.html
AP, Feb 10, 2017: [T]ens of thousands of common murres… starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska… “it’s because there’s no fish out there, anywhere, over a very large area,” [John Piatt, biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey] said. To see such effect over two sizeable marine ecosystems is extraordinary, he said… Common murres eat small forage fish [which] were largely absent when the National Marine Fisheries Service conducted surveys in summer 2015… A conservative extrapolation indicates 500,000 or more common murres died, Piatt said. Nearly all were emaciated… “In 2016, we had widespread breeding failure at all of the colonies in the Gulf of Alaska, as well as the Bering Sea,” Renner said. “It was a highly unusual event. Murres don’t fail regularly.”… “They died of starvation because there was no food,” Piatt said. “There was no food because there was no fish.”…

KYUK, Jan 25, 2017: “The birds were underweight to the point of starvation,” [Shannon Atkinson of the University of Alaska Fairbanks] said. The number of starved murres, and the length of their die-off, was something no one had seen before, but murres in the Gulf of Alaska were not the only seabirds to die in large numbers last year. Tufted puffins in the Bering Sea also showed up on beaches in large numbers… Scientists struggled to understand why a bird that spends most of the winter offshore eating fish would fly to the coast to die of starvation on the beach… research showed a link between the starving birds and trawl surveys that came up empty, or with only a few of the forage fish normally eaten by murres… “The main result to take away from this is the catch per unit effort for all of these species was very close to zero, meaning that the forage fish was simply not there,” Atkinson said.
http://kyuk.org/post/massive-murre-die-last-winter-caused-warm-water-disrupting-food-chain-and-causing-starvation

KUCB, Dec 7, 2016: In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade… scientists say it could be the sign of a much larger ecosystem problem… [The co-director of St. Paul’s Ecosystem Conservation Office said] ‘There are dead puffins everywhere.’… The carcasses came ashore in waves… [Lauren Divine, co-director of St. Paul’s Ecosystem Conservation Office] said the extent of the die-off was frightening… “After we opened up the first five, it was very apparent that all of them were emaciated,” she said. “Their muscles were completely atrophied. They had empty stomachs. They had gastrointestinal bleeding, which indicates severe long-term starvation. They were in very, very poor shape… So we started digging into this more,” said Divine. “What is happening? Where is their food?“… [T]he ECO office is also seeing signs of stress in other species. [Divine] said the island’s seabirds laid barely any eggs this season, hunters had a hard time finding sea lions, and crab quotas were cut sharply after a survey showed low numbers.
http://kucb.org/post/puffin-die-st-paul-island-may-point-larger-ecosystem-problems

Watch KTVA’s broadcast here:
http://www.ktva.com/puffins-lastest-seabirds-wash-ashore-522/

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2015/05/31/want-to-feed-the-homeless-that-will-be-400-please/ The individual who sent me the above link, would like this to go viral….I can’t do that alone, I’m not big enough. Many cities across this great nation require permits for homeless to sleep in public. Even then they just don’t hand out the permits……there are few exceptions and only a small number of […]

via GOVERNMENT CHARGING US FOR WHAT THEY CAN’T DO, FEEDING THE HUNGRY. — Arlin Report

(Official What? what kind of fool says something so damned dumb?) “Official: So many are showing illness, environmental conditions could be a factor “


ENENews.com – Energy News

Fish leaking pus, covered in lesions, deformed along US West Coast — Fisherman: Nearly all fish caught affected; “I’ve never seen this… Some had pus all over body” — Official: So many are showing illness, environmental conditions could be a factor

Published: March 13th, 2017 at 1:47 pm ET
By ENENews

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Local Environmental Observer Network, Feb 8, 2017 (emphasis added): Goodnews Bay, Alaska; Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma) with lesions — Observation: While on the Goodnews River fishing in early February, (winter) a local resident pulled in a trout and immediately noticed, what looked like pus coming out of a Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma). Is this something that is a natural/unnatural event? Can we consume the fish or is there a recommendation and/or advisory about eating fish with pus coming out of it?


ANTHC – LEO Network, Feb 9, 2017: Goodnews Bay, Alaska; Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma) with deformity — Observation: Couple of local residents were out and about fishing for trout in early February. While fishing, a Dolly Varden was caught and pulled in, we could visibly see that the trout had a deformity. What is the reason for the deformity? ADF&G Fish Pathology Lab Consult: Jayde Ferguson writes: “… There are a number of different potential causes for a spinal deformity in fish, which would include genetic factors, infectious agents (e.g., Flavobacterium), traumatic injuries, neoplasia, dietary imbalances, and environmental (e.g., pollution) factors…

ANTHC – LEO Network, Nov 28, 2016: Chefornak, Alaska; White Fish (C. nelsonii) with Saprolegnia Fungus — Observation: Pus found on white fish (Coregonus nelsonii) from Chakchak, Alaska. More than 75% of white fish caught with under ice net had pus on them. We checked total of 4 nets and we caught 52 total white fish. Only 12 fish had no pus on them. Other people were seeing the same pus on the fish. I’ve never seen these kind of pus since I started setting nets about 8 years ago. I don’t think people are eating the fish. Some white fish had pus all over their body… LEO says: … [If] you observe several fish with the same condition, we would begin to question if there is an environmental or other cause. In this instance with so many fish showing evidence of illness, environmental conditions are a possible factor that can contribute to this condition. NOTE: LEO is interested in the observations of members to help better understand the scale of this event… Alaska Department of Fish and Game Consult: (2016-12-02) Ted Meyers, Fish Pathologist… “The prevalence for the fungal infection is high but if due to poor or otherwise stressful environmental conditions it is likely that many of the fish in the population will be affected… I do not recommend eating any of these fish…”

See also: Local Official: Alarm over very sick animals washing ashore in Alaska — Fish bleeding from face, bloody entrails coming out of body — “We are very much aware of the possibility of radiation from Fukushima affecting ocean life” (PHOTOS)

Urgent, Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall!


Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall of March 2017
http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/blue-buffalo-dog-food-recall-march-2017/

March 2, 2017 — Blue Buffalo has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of 17 varieties of its Blue Divine Delights and Blue Wilderness Trail Trays due to quality issues with the foil seals on the top of the cups.
No other Blue Buffalo products (including any variety of Divine Delights not listed below) are impacted by this issue.
The company is not aware of any dogs becoming ill from these products.
What’s Recalled?
The following products are affected by the recall:

BLUE Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312035
BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312037
BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312039
BLUE Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312041
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Filet Mignon Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312043
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Porterhouse Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312045
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Grilled Chicken Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312047
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Top Sirloin Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312049
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Angus Beef Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312051
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Roasted Turkey Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312053
BLUE Divine Delights Pate with Bacon, Egg and Cheese
3.5 oz cup
84024312057
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312059
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak and Egg Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312061
BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill
3.5 oz cup
84024312071
BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Beef Grill
3.5 oz cup
84024312073
BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Chicken Grill
3.5 oz cup
84024312075
BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Turkey Grill
3.5 oz cup
84024312077
What to Do?
Blue Buffalo has asked consumers to stop feeding the affected product to pets and bring any remaining cups affected by the withdrawal to their place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions about this market withdrawal are invited to contact Blue Buffalo at 877-870-7363.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
Get Dog Food Recall Alerts by Email
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From Brittius.wordpress.com

Originally posted on Sonora del Norte Press: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-CA speaking at a press conference over this past weekend said, “I think the press were ACCOMPLICES in the undermining of our election by the Russians by not pointing out this stuff is worthless…..” She was speaking of the Clinton emails exposed during…

via Pelosi Accuses MSM of Being Accomplices with Putin! — Brittius

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/reporters-silent-on-pelosis-press-attack/article/2616557