Alliant closes Edgewater 4 coal plant

first_imgAlliant closes Edgewater 4 coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WiscNews:With construction on a $700 million natural gas plant halfway done, Alliant Energy has shut down one of its largest coal-fired generators. Friday marked the final day for Edgewater 4, a 49-year-old plant in Sheboygan that last year burned almost 950,000 tons of Wyoming coal, generating enough electricity to power about 200,000 average Wisconsin homes. It’s the third coal plant that Alliant has shut down since 2015.The replacement, a 725-megawatt addition to Alliant’s Rock River campus in the town of Beloit, is on track to begin operation in 2020. West Riverside Energy Center will be the second-largest natural gas generating plant in Wisconsin, with nearly a third more capacity than an existing gas plant at the site.Alliant says West Riverside will generate about half the carbon dioxide as a similar-sized coal plant, while emitting 99 percent less sulfur and virtually no mercury, pollutants that require expensive equipment to remove. That will help the Madison-based utility, which serves about 960,000 electric customers in Wisconsin and Iowa, meet its goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2050.And despite efforts by the Trump administration to boost coal, Alliant spokesman Scott Reigstad said the company plans to continue working to reduce carbon emissions. Reigstad said cost and pressure from investors are the main drivers. “We have a long-term strategy,” Reigstad said. “We’ve developed that independent of any federal … rules. We’re just going to keep moving.”More: Alliant swapping coal for gas to cut costs, carbon; environmental advocates push for faster transition to renewable energylast_img read more

Nicaraguan Labor Aids U.S. Construction of Hospital Wing

first_img Local news website 100% Noticias highlighted the fact that the HA/DR program has built 15 health centers and 11 schools since 1996, in addition to repairing bridges and building drinking water wells in different rural communities throughout Nicaragua. The U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Military Group in the Central American country coordinated the effort with sponsorship from the U.S. Government’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) Program, and took advantage of an opportunity to inject thousands of dollars to the community by using local labor, according to a press release by the U.S. Embassy in Managua. By Dialogo February 14, 2012 Lt. Col. Pedro González, Air Component Command chief at the U.S. Military Group in Nicaragua, said the that through the Military Group in country, SOUTHCOM considers many factors when deciding where to direct aid, such as projects that will help not only a community but the country as a whole. Lt Col González made clear that “this is part of our diplomatic mission objective,” according to the daily. The public health project took over two years to be completed and includes larger areas for beds, bathrooms and more private and well-equipped areas for labor and delivery. Additionally, most of the materials for the investment of almost US$ 400,000 were purchased locally, reported local newspaper El Nuevo Diario. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua to build a maternity wing for the Victoria Motta Hospital, which was originally built in 1945. last_img read more

Fuerzas Comando Tests Marksmanship, Speed, Strength and Control

first_img Of the 21 teams competing in the Military Olympiad at Tolemaida Military Fort in Colombia, 10 displayed their abilities in events of varying distances. Time and controlling their heartbeat turned out to be the biggest obstacles to beat by the 60 members who took part in stress test and marksmanship competitions on June 12. “More than running, climbing stairs or enduring the weather, it is hardest to set your aim when your pulse is fast for having carried an additional load than what we’re used to; taking aim in that condition is really complicated”, commented Seargent Tambo, a sniper participating in the Colombian team. The stress test faced by the 20 participating marksmen forced them to carry an object of more than 70 kilograms in weight for a distance of 500 meters, and then shoot at targets 800 meters away, making them run in the least time and shoot with the best aim possible. “It’s hard to control your breath after carrying so much weight and hurrying durin gthe race, but our training in the Colombian Army allowed us to handle this responsibility and face such good competitors”, said Seargent Jáuregui, another marksman in the Colombian team. The remaining four members of the teams faced a 200-meter course with a 50-lb weight to then shoot at pop-up targets located between 30 and 300 meters, with 44 shells. By Dialogo June 13, 2012last_img read more

Salmonella type in Colorado water listed; source still sought

first_imgMar 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Water quality officials in Colorado said today that the pathogen that contaminated the city of Alamosa’s water system is Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, which they said might suggest a wild animal source of the pathogen.Steve Gunderson, director of Colorado’s water quality control division, said officials don’t know how the Salmonella entered the water supply, according to a report today from the Rocky Mountain News. He said health authorities are collecting bird and animal droppings from areas surrounding water facilities and will test them for Salmonella.”Where we see animals and some sort of opening into the water system, we have been collecting samples,” he told the News. “So far, the samples have been negative for Salmonella.” He said officials are looking for any breaches in the water system, such as a hole in a water tank.Craig Hedberg, PhD, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that S Typhimurium is the most common serotype of Salmonella and that its presence in Alamosa’s water could have come from any of several potential sources.”I wouldn’t want to speculate on a source,” he said.At an Alamosa city council meeting on Mar 26, Robin Koons, emergency response director for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said there were three possible causes of the Salmonella contamination, according to a press release yesterday from the city of Alamosa. They include cross-contamination from the sewer system, a crack in a pipeline that would have allowed contamination to enter during low-pressure conditions, or contamination of a water storage site.Rumors have been circulating in Alamosa that pigeons had been roosting in a ground-level covered reservoir, but Don Koskelin, the city’s public works director, told the News there were no signs of birds in any of the city’s water tanks.As of yesterday evening, 286 possible Salmonella infections linked to the outbreak had been reported, including 73 confirmed cases, according to another Rocky Mountain News report. Eleven patients were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Patients’ ages range from 3 weeks to 89 years, though most are children, the News reported.City officials were soaking the city’s water system in 25 parts per million chlorinated water and planned to flush the system later with 10 parts per million chlorinated water, the Denver Post reported yesterday.Local residents haven’t received word yet on when they can resume using the water for drinking and cooking, the Post reported.Firms recall Honduran cantaloupeIn other developments, over the past week seven US-based produce distributors have announced voluntary recalls of Honduran-grown cantaloupe that has been implicated in a nationwide Salmonella Litchfield outbreak.On Mar 22 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blocked the importing of cantaloupe from Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano after case-control studies suggested that the product was linked to 50 Salmonella cases in 16 states, along with 9 illnesses in Canada. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today it did not have an update on the number of US cases.The FDA said US distributors that have recalled their Honduran cantaloupe products include:Charlie’s Produce, based in Spokane, Wa.: retail and foodservice fruit items that include fresh cut cantaloupe, distributed in eastern Washington, Idaho, and MontanaCentral American Produce, Inc., of Pompano Beach, Fla.: distributed nationwide, products include cardboard cartons of cantaloupe labeled “Mike’s Melons” or “Mayan Pride”T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. of Philadelphia: distributed in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, products include whole cantaloupes with “Mike’s Melons” stickers on themTropifresh, based in Los Angeles: whole cantaloupes with “Mike’s Melons” stickers on them that were distributed in 1,100-pound cardboard bins to wholesalers in southern California, Pennsylvania, and CanadaChiquita Brands International, of Cincinnati: cardboard cartons of cantaloupes labeled “Mike’s Melons,” “Mayan Pride,” or “Chiquita” that were distributed throughout the United States and CanadaBounty Fresh, LLC, of Miami, Fla.; cantaloupes packed in sleeves or boxes and sold under “Chestnut Hill Farms” and “Perfect Melon” and distributed nationwide to grocery stores and wholesale outletsSimply Fresh Fruit, based in Los Angeles: fresh-cut fruit products containing cantaloupe that it received from Tropifresh (see above). The press release did not say where the products were distributed, other than that they were sold through retail and club stores and foodservice outlets.See also:Mar 27 city of Alamosa press releaseMar 22 FDA press release on Charlie’s Produce cantaloupe recallMar 24 FDA press release on Central American Produce, Inc. cantaloupe recallMar 25 FDA press release on TM Kovacevich International cantaloupe recallMar 26 FDA press release on Tropifresh cantaloupe recallMar 27 FDA press release on Chiquita cantaloupe recallMar 27 FDA press release on Bounty Fresh cantaloupe recallMar 28 FDA press release on Simply Fresh Fruit cantaloupe recalllast_img read more

Longdale celebrates with IMCA America Proud special on July 4 and 5

first_imgLONGDALE, Okla. – Drivers in three IMCA divisions will celebrate big paydays when Longdale Speedway celebrates the holiday with its Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5 America Proud Firecracker Nationals special.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,200 to win and a minimum of $150 to start on opening night and $2,500 to win and a minimum of $225 to start on night two. Both features are 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers.IMCA SportMods race for $1,000 to win and $125 to start on Saturday and $2,000 to win and $150 to start on Sunday. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $750 to win and $100 to start Saturday and $1,200 to win and $125 to start Sunday.A $500 bonus will be paid to the driver(s) in any division who can win both main events.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be given for both draw/redraw shows. Non-qualifier pay is $50 for Modifieds and SportMods and $35 for Stock Cars.Entry fees each night are $75 for the Modifieds and SportMods and $50 for the Stock Cars. Hard charger, long tow and hard luck awards will be given in each division each night and fireworks follow the Saturday race program.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Military personnel with ID and kids five and under get in free.Pit passes are $35. A two-day pit pass is $60.More information about the America Proud Firecracker Nationals is available from promoter Glen Thompson at 580 886-5375 and at the website.An open practice will be held Friday, July 3.last_img read more

Monaghan aim for Ulster

first_imgThat match is underway at Kingspan Breffni Park at 4pm Fermanagh stand in their way as they face each other in today’s semi-final.Malachy O’Rourke has made one change to the side that beat Cavan in the provincial quarter-finals, with Walshe coming in for Drew Wylie after his ACL injury.last_img

Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez Explains ‘Safe-at-home’

first_imgListen to entire interview with Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez here. is the difference between a “safe at home” and “stay at home order”? Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered south Florida residents to stay “safe at home.” What does this order mean? Are residents of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties ordered to “stay and home?” No, according to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez who told 850WFTL that the “safe at home order” still allows residents to leave their homes to make essential trips to the pharmacy, grocery store and gas station without facing any legal consequences. People can also go outside to exercise or walk as long as they don’t do it in groups. order also means that non-essential businesses must close displacing thousands of workers. Nuñez stresses that residents must adhere to the safe at home order because this is a serious health crisis. Nuñez adds that those 65 and older are definitely safer at home.In fact, now the CDC is now considering suggesting that everyone wear a protective mask when leaving home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier, the CDC suggested that only the sick should wear a mask, but it is believed that thousands of people are shedding the virus, but have no symptoms. These people especially need to wear a protective mask.last_img read more