Feb 20, 2014 — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a citation to the owners of the Ginna nuclear power plant in upstate New York. Preliminary inspection findings released Tuesday cited the plant for failure to address a long-standing flood risk. The issue is considered a low-to-moderate level safety concern.
It all comes down to an improperly sealed manhole at the plant, which could have allowed flood waters to breach the rooms housing emergency batteries.
And, according to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan, that's an issue because those batteries act as a backup power source to help run the plant its safety systems during an emergency. Go to full article
Feb 19, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Reports from tens of thousands of bird-counting volunteers show a southern invasion of Arctic-dwelling snowy owls has spread to 25 states, and frigid cold is causing unusual movements of waterfowl.
Results are still coming in from the four-day annual Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. Sponsors say the event, which ended Monday, drew participants from a record 127 countries, surpassing last year's 110. Go to full article
Feb 18, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Environmental, health and consumer advocacy groups are pushing back against plans by the Cuomo administration to restructure how pesticides are tracked.... Go to full article
Feb 17, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state-run Saratoga Tree Nursery has begun its spring sale of more than 40 species of trees and shrubs, which are available to public and private... Go to full article
Feb 17, 2014 — Have you seen a whale, penguin or seal lately? Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has: He's in Antarctica right now. Clark is one of 17 teachers selected from... Go to full article
Feb 14, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers are expressing skepticism after a telephone meeting with officials from the U.S. trade representative that Vermont's interests in... Go to full article