Engelberth Construction, Inc. was recently awarded three safety awards by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Engelberth received second place in the SIC Code 15 Over 100,000Man-Hours, the most improved award in the SIC Code 15, Over 100,000 Man-Hours and the S.T.E.P. (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) awardat the Gold level, a National ABC award, for Engelberth’s achievement and ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program for the year 2001. Engelberth has been a recipient of this prestigious award since the program’s inception eight years ago. This marks the thirteenth consecutive year that the NH/VT Chapter of ABC has recognized Engelberth for our commitment to safety excellence.Providing a safe, healthy work environment for employees, contractors, and clients is our number one goal. Our team members know that their workpractices and behavior must safeguard everyone at the job site, and in doing so will support the efficient completion of each project. Ourentire safety team, safety director, Steve Murray; assistant safety director, Chris Gordon; risk manager, Chuck Huizenga, every employee from supervisors to field crews, and vendors and subcontractors continuouslystrive for an injury-free work site.Engelberth Construction, Inc., is a Construction Manager/General Contractor with full-service offices in Colchester, Vermont, Bedford NewHampshire and Keene, New Hampshire. Engelberth employs over 270 people on projects throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Northeastern New York andMassachusetts.
VEDA BOARD APPROVES $2.6 MILLION IN BUSINESSPROJECT FINANCING STATEWIDE Montpelier, VT A Bennington manufacturer will add almost 100 new jobs within three years and a growing Essex Town company will acquire its own facility with financial assistance approved by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors. The Directors approved loan financing requests of $2.6 million to support business development projects totaling $7.8 million statewide. It is gratifying to all of us to see businesses investing in solid growth and good-paying jobs in Vermont, and VEDA is pleased to help these companies achieve their goals, said Jo Bradley, VEDAs Chief Executive Officer. Projects approved by the VEDA Board are:” Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington VEDA will guarantee $1 million of an increased $3.5 million working capital line of credit issued to Vermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) by Key Bank National Association. VCIs sales are growing rapidly, and the increased credit capacity will help the company meet the growing demand for their carbon composite products. VCI currently employs 148 people, and expects to boost that number to 241 in the next three years as a result of the project investments. VCI is a leader in the carbon composites field, producing customized parts for the aerospace, defense, medical, automobile, and sporting goods industries.” FoodScience Corporation, Essex Town An $800,000 loan was approved, leveraging an additional $1.6 million in private investment, to finance the purchase by FoodScience Corporation (FSC) of the former Belden Wire facility. The companys move from currently leased space to the 18.4 acre, 77,000 square foot facility will provide FSC the inventory and distribution space it needs to continue growing over the next several years. FoodScience Corporation, established in 1972, packages, markets and distributes nutritional supplements for animal and human consumption to the medical professional and retail consumer markets. Banknorth is also participating in the $2.4 million property acquisition project. The VEDA Board also approved $730,000 in Vermont SBA 504 Program loans to support $1.8 million in project costs associated with purchases of several hospitality and retail establishments. In addition, an agricultural loan of $80,000 was approved through Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), VEDAs farm financing assistance program. VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling nearly $1.2 billion. -30-
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announces expansion of benefits for nicotine replacement Products
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF BENEFITS FOR NICOTINE REPLACEMENT PRODUCTSState’s Largest Insurer Leads New Tobacco Cessation EffortBerlin, Vt. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announced today that it will extend access to low or no cost nicotine replacement products to all its members in an expanded effort to encourage smokers to quit.”Tobacco-related medical conditions contribute greatly to the high cost of health care, not to mention the personal cost to patients suffering from a preventable illness,” explained BCBSVT Corporate Medical Director Stephen Perkins, M.D. “Extending this program will help more of our members who want to quit smoking.”BCBSVT has covered nicotine replacement products for its members enrolled in fully-insured benefit plans since 2001 as part of a Vermont Department of Health tobacco cessation program called Quit Bucks”. Company officials said the decision to extend nicotine replacement benefits to all its members at no additional cost to the member or the employer should help lower the rate of smoking and mark a significant step forward in its attempts to reduce health care costs.BCBSVT is the first health insurer participating in the program to extend this coverage to all its members.The Quit Bucks program seeks to remove the high-cost of nicotine replacement therapies as an obstacle for Vermonters who want to quit smoking. The retail cost of nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges can be a barrier to participation. The insurance payment program enables eligible Vermonters who agree to use tobacco cessation counseling services to purchase nicotine-replacement patches, gum or lozenges for a $20 co-payment, much less than the retail value. For a limited time, a supplemental coupon is available to defray the co-pay, making the product cost free.More than 15,000 Vermonters have taken advantage of the statewide tobacco cessation programs and the prevalence of smoking among adults declined from 22.4 percent to 19.8 percent. The per capita cigarette consumption has dropped by 30 percent.”We all know how hard it is to quit smoking,” said Catherine Suiter, statewide tobacco cessation coordinator, “but you can double your chances of success by using nicotine replacement and by getting some coaching. BCBSVT has taken the lead in Vermont by providing patches, gum or lozenges to every member through the Quit Bucks program. We are very pleased to team up with BCBSVT to help Vermonters stop using tobacco.”For more information contact your local hospital for the Ready, Set&STOP program or call the Vermont Quit Line 877-YES-QUIT.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing health benefits coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
December 5, 2006, HINESBURG, VERMONT — Kestrel Health Information, Inc., publishers of leading medical product directories including: WoundSource, IncontinenceSource, and DermProducts, has moved from Bristol to Hinesburg, Vermont.”Our new building will offer us the space and flexibly we need to continue our growth into new markets including our expansion on the web,” says president and publisher Jeanne Cunningham. “We wanted a space that would both accommodate our growing number of employees and allow us more space during production for layouts.””This is an exciting time for Kestrel to be joining Hinesburg”, says Miranda Henry, managing editor and Hinesburg resident. “This community is in a phase of great growth and development. We feel Kestrel and Hinesburg will compliment each other as both grow and expand their impact.”New Address:P.O. Box 189206 Commerce StreetHinesburg, VT 05461Phone: 802-482-4000Fax: 802-329-2077About Kestrel Health Information:Kestrel Health Information is a national publisher of medical product information for professionals in clinical health care settings who need in-depth product information for patient care purchasing decisions.For more information, visit www.kestrelhealthinfo.com(link is external) or call (802) 482-4000.
Information Session for Sports-Related BusinessesTo Preview All Sports, Recreation & Fitness ExpoRegistration Deadline Nears for Vermonts New Sports ShowBusinesses that provide sports, recreation, fitness or wellness products or services are invited to attend a preview meeting on Aug. 15 or 16 for the All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo which will be held October 20-21 at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.Whether you would like to exhibit, demonstrate, entertain or lecture or all of the above at the All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo, we encourage interested businesses to attend our event preview for this new show, said Tom Oddy, Director of Special Events at Champlain Valley Exposition.Well have representatives from all our partners in the show to talk about the costs and outreach opportunities designed for the education and entertainment of active Vermont families, couples and individuals, he said.All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo is endorsed by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Convention Bureau and the Vermont Sports & Events Council, Vermont Sports Magazine, with gold medal sponsorship by the Green Mountain Glades, the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA) and The Soccer Center.The first informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Montpelier Room at Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. The second will be held Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 am in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at Champlain Valley Exposition.There will also be more than 60 seminars and demonstrations by experts in the sports, recreation and fitness industry at the October show. The Expo will be supported by an aggressive advertising, promotion and public relations campaign to bring quality, active and focused consumers to the Expo, Oddy said. Exhibitors who sign up by Sept. 1 will be listed in the printed program for All Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo.During this all encompassing two-day show, Oddy explained, exhibitors will display and provide information on the latest equipment, services, venues, leagues, teams, associations and related supplies for sports, recreation and fitness enthusiasts. In the three seminar rooms, on the indoor field turf, climbing walls and even on the plastic ice surface a variety of demonstrations and seminars covering literally every aspect of the sports, recreation and fitness world including martial arts, hiking, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, fitness, football, stretching, ultimate frisbee, rugby, kayaking, rock climbing, sports psychology, sports medicine/training, sports nutrition, action sports, extreme sports, Pilates, yoga, snow sports, skating, golf, skateboarding and more!Organizers say this will be one of New Englands largest sports, recreation and fitness educational events & consumer-trade shows and will provide a venue for industry professionals and consumers to come together to highlight opportunities and impact for our active lifestyles in the region and State of Vermont. A sampling of current exhibitors include Vermont Lake Monsters, Vermont Outdoor Guides Association, 100 on 100 Heart of Vermont Relay, American Red Cross, Best Western Waterbury Stowe, Best Western Windjammer Hotel and Conference Center, Catamount Trail Association, Curves, Eddie’s Energy Bars, Extreme Adventures of Vermont, Fitness Options, Vermont Frost Heaves, SG Fitness, Sports & Fitness Edge & Physical Therapy, Green Mountain Glades, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, RehabGYM, Vermont Eye Laser, Vermont Chapter of American Physical Therapists and the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife.For more information about registering for The All Sports, Recreation & Fitness Expo on Oct. 20-21, contact Suzie Petrie at Champlain Valley Exposition, (802) 878-5545 or by email, email@example.com(link sends e-mail).
The EPA is moving forward with modifications to part of the underwater cap at the Pine Street Canal Superfund Site in Burlington, Vermont. The portion of the cap that was installed several years ago will be repaired and improved. In 2006, EPA performed a Five Year Review of work previously performed at the Burlington site and found that some portions of the cap were leaking oil and coal tar. The EPA and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will oversee the cap modification work.The 2003 2004 cleanup of the Pine Street Canal has largely been effective in preventing contamination from migrating into the canal, but oily sheens and globules of coal tar have been observed periodically in a 450 foot-long portion of the canal since 2005. Absorbent booms have been placed across the canal as an interim measure to prevent the contamination from entering Lake Champlain.EPA s planned modification is officially recorded in an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) document. A manufactured gas plant operated at the Pine Street Canal site from 1895 to 1966. Operations at the plant included disposal of wastes from the gasification process, including coal tars. Manufactured gas wastes were placed in and migrated to the nearby canal, which had been built in the mid-1800 s to serve lumber yards in the area.A remedy to remove coal tar, excavate contaminated sediments, and place those into a disposal facility to be constructed on site, was proposed by EPA in 1992. Six months later, due to considerable community opposition that proposal was withdrawn. From 1994-1998, additional studies were conducted by companies responsible for the contamination with oversight by the EPA, the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) and the Pine Street Barge Canal Coordinating Council, a citizen s advisory group. In 1998, the citizen s council recommended constructing a cap over contaminated sediments in the canal, and nearby wetlands, in addition to restoring the wetlands so that ecological risks would be addressed. EPA adopted that recommendation in 1998, and the cap currently in place was completed in 2004.The cap modification will address an ongoing migration of oil and coal tar (referred to as a non-aqueous phase liquid, or NAPL). In areas where the NAPL is seeping out, the cap will be partially replaced and improved with a new cap system that will capture NAPL before it releases into the canal. The NAPL that accumulates will be removed periodically and shipped off site for treatment or disposal at an approved facility. The cap modification work will be undertaken by a group of the potentially responsible parties, who agreed to clean up the site in 2000.In accordance with past public involvement in the remedy selection for the Pine Street Canal site, the EPA issued the ESD in draft form for public comment and review. The public comment period on the modifications closed January 27, 2009 and minor adjustments were made to incorporate the comments received.For more information:EPA cleanup activities at the Pine Street Canal Superfund Site http://www.epa.gov/ne/superfund/sites/pinestreet(link is external)The ESD and additional EPA technical reports and documents are available for public review at the following site information repositories:Fletcher Free Public Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VermontBailey-Howe Library at the University of Vermont, Burlington.By appointment at EPA s record center in Boston, (617-918-1440)Source: EPA, (Boston, Mass. April 27, 2009)
The Upper Valley Haven, Inc in White River Junction has been awarded $250,000 by The Kresge Foundation as part of its effort to offset the effects of the recession. Feeding the hungry, assisting those least able to pursue a college degree, and advancing energy efficiency in low-income communities exemplify The Kresge Foundation’s desire to improve the long-term life circumstances of the poor and, in response to the nation’s severe economic contraction, bring some immediate relief to those in greatest need.At their September board meeting the Trustees of the foundation approved 208 awards totaling $43,698,088 for nonprofit organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and South Africa in the areas of human services, education, environment, arts and culture, health and community development.”We are trying to lead by example,” says Elaine D. Rosen, chair of the Kresge board of Trustees. “We are supporting exemplary nonprofit organizations in this time of financial hardship so they, in turn, may better serve and sustain those suffering in their communities.”Feeding the hungryThe 85-year-old foundation awarded Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief agency, a $2.5 million program-related investment to finance the purchase of 20 to 25 refrigerated trucks. The trucks will be used by organizations in their 63,000-member network of food banks and mobile pantries to acquire and distribute donated food.”Program-related investments are below-market loans or equity investments made by private foundations for charitable purposes in nonprofit organizations that are advancing their strategic priorities,” explains Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation. “Feeding America clearly is doing a remarkable job of scaling its services to meet the accelerating need for food in this country. They will redistribute this money at no interest to member organizations for the purchase of refrigerated delivery trucks.”With the expansion of its delivery fleet, Feeding America estimates the amount of donated food it will be able to retrieve from grocery stores and redistribute will nearly double. To facilitate this significant expansion of its operations, Kresge also awarded the Chicago-based organization a $2.5 million grant to help defray the costs associated with operating the new trucks, including driver salaries and benefits, fuel, vehicle maintenance, and insurance.”Through our program-related investment and our operating support grant, we are helping to facilitate the delivery of greater amounts of safe, nutritious food to urban and underserved rural areas,” Rapson adds.Increasing access and success in higher educationKresge has been shifting its grantmaking in the education arena from its traditional support of facilities to the advancement of accessible, graduation-oriented two and four-year higher-education programs for students who are low-income and/or the first in their families to pursue a college degree. Three grants illustrate ways organizations are either helping low-income students navigate their way into college or continue their studies even when sidetracked by an unexpected financial challenge.The National Advising Corps at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $1 million award to expand its program of placing recent college graduates in underserved high schools and community colleges to work as college-access counselors, complementing the school’s guidance counselors by helping students plan for and complete the often-daunting college and financial aid application process.Unite L.A, which received a $900,000 award, assists Los Angeles senior high-school students who often unknowingly qualify for federal and state financial aid with the application process. The grant funds will be used to train and manage an additional 500 volunteer financial aid counselors, hold an annual college and career convention for some 13,000 participants, and create and broadcast a bilingual public awareness campaign for these support services.”We seek to support organizations with broad reach that already can demonstrate success at helping low-income students achieve post-secondary educational success,” Rapson explains. “Currently only half of all U.S. college students graduate within six years of beginning their studies.”For low-income college students, a major impediment to completing a two or four-year degree is an unexpected and often temporary financial challenge — a vehicle breakdown, or, for example, an unexpectedly high utility bill. Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers program provides small, emergency loans to low-income community college students. The loans become grants, and therefore do not require repayment, if the student continues on in school in good standing. With a $1.5 million award from Kresge, a national network will be created to share Dreamkeepers best practices for replication around the country.Affordable and healthy energy efficient housingWith buildings and the activities within them accounting for more than 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Environment Program continues Kresge’s longstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency in building design and operation. Enterprise Community Partners, a Maryland-based national nonprofit dedicated to creating affordable housing communities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, received a $1 million award to expand its Green Communities program.Enterprise has demonstrated it is possible to build and retrofit low-income housing to conserve energy and water and provide environmentally healthy living conditions for residents without compromising affordability. It offers grants, financing, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to real estate developers for creating new or retrofitting existing low-income homes to meet the Green Communities Criteria, a recognized national standard for affordable, healthy environmentally sustainable housing.”Enterprise believes that green buildings should, by definition, promote both environmental and human health,” Rapson says. “Through the expansion of its Green Communities program, it will not only increase the quantity of affordable, healthy, energy efficient housing stock, but also show the residential real estate market that it is possible to bring cost-effective construction and renovation to scale.”Awards also were made in the arts and culture, health and community development fields.Here is a list of the awards approved in the third quarter of 2009:(This list includes current and future planned grants.) ARIZONA Sojourner Center Phoenix $100,000 CALIFORNIA Alameda County Medical Center Oakland $200,000 Consultative Group on Biological Diversity San Francisco $30,000 Foundation for California Community Colleges Sacramento $250,000 Oakland Public Library Oakland $325,000 Occidental College Los Angeles $163,306 Pacific Forest Trust, Inc. San Francisco $200,000 Pesticide Action Network North America San Francisco $340,000 San Francisco Museum and Historical Society San Francisco $50,000 Unite-LA, Inc. Los Angeles $900,000 COLORADO St. Francis Center Denver $100,000 Gathering Place Denver $100,000 Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center Castle Rock $125,000 CONNECTICUT Chrysalis Center, Inc. Hartford $100,000 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Brookings Institution Washington $150,000 Center for Climate Strategies Washington $74,640 Center for Science in the Public Interest Washington $83,000 George Washington University Washington $900,000 Grantmakers In Health Washington $15,000 Independent Sector Washington $10,000 FLORIDA Archbold Expeditions Venus $100,000 GEORGIA CHRIS Kids, Inc. Atlanta $800,000 Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta $1,350,000 Georgia Tech Research Corporation Atlanta $157,000 HAWAII Domestic Violence Action Center Honolulu $100,000 IOWA Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City $800,000 ILLINOIS Active Transportation Alliance Chicago $300,000 Alliance for Water Efficiency Chicago $200,000 Animal Protective Association Chicago $50,000 Feeding America Chicago $2,500,000 Feeding America Chicago $2,500,000 Global Philanthropy Partnership Chicago $160,000 INDIANA Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Indianapolis $1,000,000 Middle Way House, Inc. Bloomington $125,000 KANSAS Bethany College Lindsborg $50,000 Labette Community College Parsons $1,000,000 KENTUCKY Family Scholar House, Inc. Louisville $50,000 MASSACHUSETTS Alliance Foundation for Community Health, Inc. Cambridge $180,000 Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inc. Boston $50,000 Dorchester Bay Economic Development Dorchester Corporation $50,000 Health Resources in Action Boston $500,000 Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc. Cambridge $750,000 Urban Edge Housing Corp. Roxbury $75,000 MARYLAND Baltimore Community Foundation Baltimore $200,000 Baltimore Medical System, Inc. Baltimore $380,000 Development Training Institute Ellicott City $125,000 Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Columbia $1,000,000 Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Columbia $500,000 National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc. Columbia $143,000 St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Baltimore $350,000 MICHIGAN ARISE Detroit Detroit $125,000 ArtServe Michigan, Inc. Wixom $12,000 City Connect Detroit Detroit $600,000 Ecology Center, Inc. Ann Arbor $75,000 Eduguide Lansing $300,000 Focus: HOPE Detroit $250,000 Harriet Tubman Center – Detroit Detroit $450,000 Kalamazoo Cultural Center Kalamazoo $200,000 Matrix Human Services Detroit $300,000 Michigan Legal Services Detroit $100,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $50,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $1,000,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $1,015,000 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Detroit Inclusion $200,000 Newaygo County Community Services Fremont $150,000 Vista Maria Dearborn Heights $500,000 Volunteers in Prevention, Probation & Prisons, Detroit Inc. $75,000 MINNESOTA Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota St. Paul $100,000 Scholarship America, Inc. – Minneapolis Minneapolis $1,500,000 Wind on the Wires St. Paul $100,000 NORTH CAROLINA The University of North Carolina at Chapel Chapel Hill Hill $1,000,000 NEW HAMPSHIRE Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Inc. Nashua $100,000 NEW YORK Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. New York $100,000 Common Ground New York $75,000 Creative Capital Foundation New York $1,500,000 Family & Children’s Service of Niagara, Inc. Niagara Falls $300,000 MDRC New York $650,000 Nonprofit Finance Fund New York $4,000,000 Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY New York $1,500,000 OHIO ABLE, Inc. & Legal Aid of Western Ohio Toledo $100,000 Cleveland Zoological Society Cleveland $725,000 PENNYSYLVANIA East End Cooperative Ministry Pittsburgh $50,000 La Comunidad Hispana, Inc. Kennett Square $175,000 Meals on Wheels and More Austin $500,000 Opportunity House Reading $250,000 YWCA of York York $100,000 TENNESEE Appalachian Resource Conservation and Jonesborough Development Council $50,000 Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Knoxville $500,000 TEXAS Austin Children’s Shelter Austin $100,000 Corpus Christi Metro Ministries Corpus Christi $150,000 Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio San Antonio $100,000 Sports And Outdoor Recreation San Antonio $400,000 Women’s Home Houston $150,000 VIRGINIA Center for Health, Environment and Justice Falls Church $400,000 Project HOPE Millwood $26,156 United Negro College Fund, Inc. Fairfax $1,800,000 VERMONT The Upper Valley Haven, Inc. White River Junction $250,000 WASHINGTON Boys & Girls Club of King County Seattle $75,000 Catholic Charities of Spokane Spokane $75,000 Grantmakers in the Arts Seattle $165,000 KCTS Television – The Public Network Seattle $100,000 YWCA of Spokane Spokane $100,000 SOUTH AFRICA Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville $48,266 Children’s Hospital Trust Rondebosch, Cape Town $128,750 South African Institute for Advancement Woodstock $638,343 University of Pretoria Pretoria $255,234 University of the Western Cape Bellville $123,996 University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg $74,397 For more information, contact Cynthia Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or call 248-643-9630.SOURCE The Kresge Foundation. TROY, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians are continuing to plan for soil and groundwater remediation. The new well to be used for extracting groundwater is being installed today beside the Advanced Off Gas Building. Also today, equipment is arriving to support the pumping operation that will be the first stage of groundwater remediation. The work to isolate the remaining internal leak from the ‘A’ AOG recombiner steam trap drainline into the AOG tunnel continues. (The leakage is being collected and processed; it is not reaching the environment.) To prepare to isolate the ‘A’ drainline, operators brought the rerouted ‘B’ drainline into full operation today. The next step will be to close valves to isolate the ‘A’ drainline. Technicians will then use the remotely operated camera to confirm the internal leak from the ‘A’ drainline to the tunnel has stopped. With that confirmation, the ‘A’ drainline will be rerouted and be put into standby status. While this work continues, it is important to note that there has been no detectable tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the river. The Vermont Department of Health and Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel are monitoring the investigation.Source: Vermont Yankee. 3.23.2010
Construction job gains were more widespread across the country and job losses were generally less severe in July than in June, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. Twenty-six states added construction jobs in July, compared to 19 in June, while six states added construction jobs over the past year and most others are losing far fewer jobs than previously, association officials noted.“Encouraging as it is to see some modest signs of progress, it is increasingly unlikely we’ll keep seeing these kinds of gains over the next few months,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “There is little to indicate that construction will be adding workers to a significant extent any time soon.”Simonson noted that the largest year-over-year increase was in Kansas, where construction employment rose 6.9 percent (4,000 jobs), followed by New Hampshire (5.0 percent, 1,100 jobs); Oklahoma (1,900 jobs, 2.8 percent); West Virginia (2.4 percent, 800 jobs); Alaska (1.9 percent, 300 jobs); and Arkansas (1.5 percent, 800 jobs).The largest percentage job decrease compared to July 2009 was in Nevada, 22.4 percent (-17,300 jobs), followed by Illinois (14.8 percent; 32,000 jobs, including many idled by a strike in early July that has since ended); Idaho (13.9 percent, 4,600 jobs); and Colorado (13.7 percent, 17,400 jobs). California lost the largest number of jobs (54,400 or 9.1 percent).Vermont and Wyoming rebounded from the largest one-month percentage losses in June to the highestmonthly percent increase in construction employment in July. Vermont recouped all 600 jobs it had shed (5.5 percent) and Wyoming added 1,100 jobs (5.4 percent), followed by Oregon (5.3 percent, 3,500 jobs); New Mexico (4.0 percent, 1,700 jobs); and Louisiana (2.8 percent, 3,500 jobs).New York added the largest number of jobs in July, seasonally adjusted (1.4 percent, 4,400 jobs), closely followed by Texas (0.8 percent, 4,300 jobs). Illinois lost the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month (7.5 percent, 14,900 jobs, mostly strike-related); followed by Hawaii (6.6 percent, 2,000 jobs) and Montana (5.4 percent, 1,200 jobs).Simonson cautioned that the improved employment picture may be attributable to a bulge in federal stimulus-funded projects that could soon fade. “There are few signs of life in privately funded construction, and state and local budget deficit projections are forcing further cuts in non-stimulus public projects,” he said.Association officials urged Congress to act on long-stalled infrastructure bills that would build on momentum from the stimulus. “Continued neglect of our aging infrastructure will damage our economic competitiveness and plunge the construction industry into another cycle of layoffs and hardship,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.View construction employment figures by rank or by state.
Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, has announced the appointment of Diane Bothfeld as Deputy Secretary of Dairy Policy, Director of Administrative Services and Agriculture Development. Bothfeld has served as interim Deputy Secretary of the agency for the past year.Diane Bothfeld has a deep understanding of the dairy industry and its importance to the economic stability of the state. Growing up on a dairy farm in Cabot, she learned the importance of animal care, environmental protection and diversification. She has used that knowledge and experience to be a tireless and dedicated advocate and supporter for the diary industry.Diane graduated from UVM with a Masters Degree in Ruminant Nutrition and began working for the University of Vermont Extension Service. In 1995, she joined the management team at St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc. as the Cooperative Relations Manager. In that role she was responsible for membership services, public relations, and on-farm quality assurance as well as supporting the Young Cooperator program.Diane joined the Agency of Agriculture in 2005 as Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator. She was promoted to Dairy Policy Administrator in 2008 where her leadership has been instrumental in establishing the Vermont Dairy Task Force, and working with the Vermont Cheese Council. She has also been a key team leader for Vermont with the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team.Looking for innovative and creative ways to address the extremely complicated and volatile milk pricing situation that greatly impacts our dairy farmers and communities in Vermont, Diane coordinated a multi-state effort – Keep Local Farms. This program helps support dairy farmers in New England www.keeplocalfarms.org(link is external).In her new role she will continue to lead the agency on dairy policy issues; she will also manage the day to day operations of the agency and the agriculture development staff to promote and market Vermont agriculture to create jobs and expand markets for Vermont producers.