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Tesla Under Fire as Renewables Rise: China, Consumer Reports, and the Ailing ICE Industry


With major renewable energy and automotive media now obsessed with the success or failure of Tesla’s zero emissions Model 3, it’s helpful to understand the larger context in which a monumental conflict between an old, mostly dirty industry and new clean energy players is occurring. To this particular point, we should take the opportunity to step back for a moment from the day-to-day minutiae of business activities and related media campaigns to ask this single essential question:

In the present day’s ever-worsening and warming climate, what does a wise, forward-looking national energy policy look like?

Such a question may seem out of context until one considers the fact that the object of so much media and industry drama — Tesla — operates in what can best be described as a conflicted policy environment. In the U.S., Tesla enjoys a dwindling subsidy in the form of tax breaks going to purchasers…

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October 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Fire Danger Threatens to Worsen Most Disastrous Wildfire Season in California History

According to Thursday’s summary from Calfire, a total of 6,900 homes, businesses, and other structures were destroyed across northern and southern California. The fires have burned over 245,000 acres of land, bringing the total area burned in California this year to 1.1 million acres, the most since 2008. Nationally, 8.8 million acres have burned in 2017, says the National Interagency Fire Center, putting this year in fifth place for largest annual area burned since 1960. With over two months to go in the year, 2017 is likely to move up several places on that list.

via New Fire Danger Threatens to Worsen Most Disastrous Wildfire Season in California History by Dr. Jeff Masters | Category 6 | Weather Underground — GarryRogers Nature Conservation

October 22, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wilder and more frequent wildfires – the new normal

Welcome to the New World of Wildfires,, September 09, 2017, By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report When one envisions the US Pacific Northwest, one thinks of green ferns, moss-covered trees in Olympic National Park, or the Hoh Rainforest, where annual rainfall is measured in the hundreds of inches. Moisture, greenery, evergreens, abundant rivers. It’s a large part of the reason why I live here.

But thanks to abrupt anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), this region is shifting at a rapid pace. On the Olympic Peninsula where I live, this has been the summer of wildfire smoke.

As I write this, Puget Sound, Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula, are all engulfed by thick wildfire smoke and ash from fires burning in Eastern Washington and Montana. A local Seattle weatherman remarked that he had “never seen a situation like this.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for his entire state on Saturday September 2.

Smoke from various wildfires has been a near-constant in this part of the country for the past month. Roughly a week ago, we were enshrouded by smoke from multiple wildfires across Oregon, and before that, we spent nearly two weeks breathing in thick smoke from the over 1,000 wildfires that scorched British Columbia up the coast from us.

Stepping outside, the world appears a surreal yellow. The sun varies from not being visible, to emerging as a yellowish orange bulb even during the middle of the day. When it sets, it has often appeared blood red through the thick smoke.

NASA satellite photos show the smoke plume even reaching the East Coast.

Given past and recent scientific reports, this is apparently the world we, and much of the rest of the United States, had better prepare to live in from now on.

Extreme Heat, Extreme Drought

The smoke plume from all of these fires, at the time of this writing, extends from up into British Columbia all the way down into central Oregon.

wildfire outside Portland has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate while it burned out of control in the Columbia River Gorge. That is just one of 81 wildfires burning across the US at the time of this writing, with 20 of those fires in Oregon alone.

Climate researchers have been warning us for a long time that increasing temperatures and more intense droughts will logically cause dramatic escalations in the number, heat and ferocity of wildfires.

study published earlier this year showed that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions have increased the likelihood of extreme heat events across more than 80 percent of the planet.

Last fall, researchers published the results of a study that showed ACD accounted for approximately half of the increase in wildfire fuel aridity (forest dryness) in the Western US since just 1979, causing the area of the US West affected by forest fires to double in size since 1984.

According to Inside Climate News: “Nine of the 10 worst fire seasons in the past 50 years have all happened since 2000, and 2015 was the worst fire season in U.S. history, surpassing 10 million acres for the first time on record. So far this year, wildfires in the US have burned 7.8 million acres, but the fire season is far from over. The average fire season is 78 days longer than it was in the 1970s and now lasts nearly seven months — beginning and extending beyond the typical heat of summer. By April of this year, wildfires had scorched more than 2 million acres in the US — nearly the average consumed in an entire fire season during the 1980s.

Extreme Heat

When it comes to hot weather — and relatedly, fire — this has been a summer for the record books in the West. During the first week of September, San Francisco saw a stunning record high temperature of 106°F, amid a heatwave that saw 36.5 million Californians (98 percent of the state population) living under a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles saw its largest wildfire on record scorch 7,000 acres before rains from a remnant tropical storm helped firefighters get the upper hand.

Yale Environment 360 warned of this likelihood last December. The magazine, published by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, reported that as the Arctic continues to warm twice as fast as the rest of the globe, winds in the upper atmosphere would be pulled into the polar zone and cause the jet stream to become wavier during extreme weather patterns. This is a more technical explanation for the fact that, as another study warned in March, these new weather patterns will generate record heatwaves and wildfires — precisely what we are seeing now across the West.

And given that there are no serious, large-scale ACD mitigation efforts happening, least of all within the United States, we can count on these trends to amplify and worsen with time.

September 11, 2017 Posted by | climate change, USA | Leave a comment

New Documentary Film on St. Louis Nuclear Waste Site and Landfill Fire

Fall Film Festival includes Documentary on St. Louis Nuclear Waste Site and Landfill Fire, Huntington NewsBY TONY RUTHERFORD , HNN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR “……….The Fall International Film Festival includes a not yet shown HBO documentary, “Atomic Homefront,” which details the anguish of confronting state and federal agencies over nuclear waste dumping in St. Louis. The film is by Sarah Spurlock,  wife of Morgan Spurlock.

HBO documentary, “Atomic Homefront” at St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Left unsaid, both the NY Times , Wall Street  Journal, and HNN have revealed that Huntington , too, had a uranium and nickel carbonyl plant that processed and recycled fuels for three gaseous diffusion plants. When the process was found to not be cost effective, the structure — owned by the Atomic Energy Commission — was dismantled and the most contaminated portions buried in Piketon,Ohio. Workers from the Huntington Pilot Plant have received compensation from the Dept. of Labor for working in a facility covered under the Atomic Energy Commission definition that includes the St. Louis site, Oak Ridge, Paducah, and Piketon, Ohio.

According to IMDB, “Atomic Homefront” reveals :

“… St. Louis, Missouri’s atomic past as a uranium processing center for the Atomic bomb and the governmental and corporate negligence that lead to the illegal dumping of Manhattan Project radioactive waste throughout North County neighborhoods. Our film is a case study of how citizens are confronting state and federal agencies for the truth about the extent of the contamination and are fighting to keep their families safe. ”

Film International published the following review of Oscar winning director’s Rebecca Cammisa reviewed at the AFI film festival:

f you’re not screaming mad by the end of Atomic Homefront, you obviously believe the systemworks. As a study in government failure and corporate greed, this HBO-supported documentary from director Rebecca Cammisa shows that your trust is grievously and tragically misplaced if you expect the Environmental Protection Agency to serve a desperate public. Likewise, if you believe a large waste service company would provide honest guidance and responsibility in serving its customers, think again.

This passionate film, having its world premiere as one of the 11 Spotlight Screenings at AFI DOCS in Washington DC, is a heart breaker. Cammisa, an Oscar nominee for her 2009 documentary feature Which Way Home (dealing with child migrants) and her 2012 short God Is the Bigger Elvis (a lovely look at Dolores Hart, a Hollywood actress turned nun), spent several years following the problems of two St. Louis neighborhoods that have seen their residents ravaged by cancer and death.

or more about the waste in St. Louis see:

July 26, 2017 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Donald Trump gives right-wing investment banker Breitbart News firebrand a top security role!

exclamation-Flag-USABannon Is Given Security Role Usually Held for Generals JAN. 29, 2017 WASHINGTON — The whirlwind first week of Donald J. Trump’s presidency had all the bravura hallmarks of a Stephen K. Bannon production.

February 1, 2017 Posted by | politics, safety, USA | Leave a comment

New York Governor Cuomo under fire for subsidising nuclear power

taxpayer bailoutCritics blast Cuomo’s $7.6B subsidy for nuclear plants,, By KAREN DEWITT, 8 Dec 16,  A long-term energy plan by the Cuomo administration that includes a nearly $8 billion subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Public Service Commission plans to convert 50 percent of the state’s power sources to renewable energy over the next decade and a half. A controversial part of that program includes a $7.6 billion state-financed subsidy to a company that now runs two New York nuclear power plants ­– Nine Mile Point in Oswego and Ginna near Rochester – and is taking over a third plant, FitzPatrick, also in Oswego.

That has angered environmental groups, who filed a lawsuit, saying the PSC “acted improperly when it mandated a massive subsidy to prop up New York’s aging, failing nuclear power plants as part of the State’s Clean Energy Standard.”

Other progressive-leaning groups, including the New York Public Interest Research Group, also object to the deal.

“In some ways, it’s a straight-up ratepayer issue,” said Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s legislative director.

He said the deal will result in $2.3 billion in increased payments for residential utility customers, and even more for businesses. That’s in a state that already has among the highest utility rates in the nation.

“Roughly 800,000 New Yorkers are already having a hard time paying their existing electric bills,” Horner said. “This isn’t going to make it any better.”

Not only left-leaning groups oppose the deal. Fossil fuel companies like Shell and BP have objected, filing complaints with the PSC. Oil and gas companies would have to essentially help subsidize the deal through the price of zero emission tax credits bought and sold in New York…..

December 9, 2016 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Explosion-Fire at Nuclear Power Station Near New York City on Election Day Due to Equipment Failure

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Indian Point Nuclear Power Station power lines zoom

The US NRC report says that this “explosion in the protected area” which was “due to equipment failure” occurred at 0840 AM on Tuesday November 8th: “The explosion was to the 138 kV power cross connect cable between the Unit 2 and 3 Station Auxiliary Transformers.” If you look at the above image, all of the power lines appear very cramped at this nuclear power station, apparently increasing the dangers.

Overlay the size of the Chernobyl exclusion zone with rough location of Indian Point Nuclear Power Station and Trump Tower
Chernobyl Overlay Indian Point Nuclear Power Station - Greenpeace OpenStreet Map Trump Tower 5th Ave NY
Greenpeace OpenStreet Map. Wind direction may vary. This is to give an indication of the size.

A 1982 study by Sandia National Laboratories found that a core meltdown and radiological release at one of the two operating Indian Point reactors could cause 50,000 near-term deaths from acute radiation syndrome” (Edward Lyman…

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November 10, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dutch climate plan includes shutdown of new coal-fired plants

fossil-fuel-industryAmbitious Dutch climate plan includes shutdown of new coal-fired plants, CBC radio AS It Happaens  29 Sep 16  The Netherlands has voted to adopt some of Europe’s most drastic measures to cut carbon emissions.

In a close vote last week, the Dutch parliament pledged a 55 per cent cut in cut C02 by 2030. That would include a shutdown of the country’s five remaining coal power plants, including three that opened just last year.

“Even if it feels a bit weird to close down literally brand new coal-fired power plants, all alternative measures are far more expensive.”– Stientje van Veldhoven, Dutch politician

Stientje van Veldhoven, a Dutch politician with the Democrats 66 party, spoke to As It Happens host Carol Off. Van Veldhoven was in Paris last year during negotiations for an international deal on goals to mitigate climate change. She voted to support the plan……..

September 29, 2016 Posted by | climate change, EUROPE | Leave a comment

Brazil’s increase in fires in Amazon region – alarming news

The alarming number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon, Mongabay, 8 September 2016 / Commentary by Natália Girão Rodrigues de Mello

For three months, from September to December 2015, Manaus was engulfed in smoke, resembling Beijing. That was an unusual scene, and an undeniable sign that predatory exploration in the Brazilian Amazon has not yet been properly tackled.

  • The sharp decrease in the annual rates of forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon is celebrated worldwide. The trend started in 2005 after a peak in deforestation the year before.
  • However, the figures are not so bright when it comes to forest fires, and few people are talking about that.
  • The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon is alarming, and that was especially true in 2015, when a sharp increase in forest fires occurred………
  • Natural factors alone fail to explain this recent increase, as similar climatic conditions in the past were not associated with the same amount of forest fires.

    Forest fires and precipitation are strongly correlated in the Brazilian Amazon; in dry years, more forest fires occur. 2015 was a dry year, but not as dry as 2010 or 2005 were – years when the region faced anomalous droughts. Nevertheless, in 2015, forest fires increased 115.6 percent and 105.5 percent compared to 2005 and 2010, respectively. Hence it is safe to say that the peak observed last year was strongly associated with unregulated anthropogenic activities in the forest.

    In the region, using fire in order to clear large areas is a common practice. The expansion of roads, settlements, croplands and cattle ranches has been leading fires to reach ever-wider areas of the forest.

    The consequences associated with this issue are vast. They are felt locally, regionally and globally. Forest fires contribute to climate change due to the emission of three greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. As the forest burns, health-damaging gases – carbon monoxide, non-methane hydrocarbons, methyl chloride, and methyl bromide – are also emitted, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and aerosols. VOCs interact with nitrous oxides to form ozone, a phytotoxic gas. Aerosols cause the suppression of cloud formation and the decrease of precipitation efficiency. Moreover, a positive feedback between fire-induced death of trees and increased solar penetration in the forest occurs, resulting in the intensification of successive fires…….

September 12, 2016 Posted by | Brazil, climate change | Leave a comment

Gaza, Shell Oil and a dangerous hunger strike. Wildfire human impacts and Far Right Fraud – European News Weekly 19th July 2015


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In the first part of the show we have a stunning expose on the Far Right British National party. Thanks to the investigative work of we have testimony from an ex BNP member Dawn Charlton. This is really a must watch breaking story.

Next up we have Wayne Jones ( )who is an anti nuclear activist and campaigner who breaks down some worrying issues with new and old nuclear power stations in Europe such as the risk of Flooding of coastal nuclear sites due to Global Warming effects on the Oceans and Ukranian nuclear sites under threat of accident or sabotage.

We also inform people that the powerful 60 Minutes show from Australia has now uploaded the Investigative report on Paedophileia cases in the UK government “Spies , Lords and Predators here;

Podcast here;


Photo of Canadian Wildfires Coutesy of Jared Higgins posted to First Nations Say ENOUGH!

In the second part of the show we have an exclusive and unique report from Candyce Paul who is a First Nations activist who has been sharing information to people who were threatened by the huge record breaking wildfires, reported in the Main Stream Media, in the northern Territories in Canada. We get to understand the social and spiritual diffculties that face evacuess and future effects of these wildfires on the local tribal communities who have been made homeless (link to support info should be placed here soon) . A link to Candyse`s Activist page with a running history of effects and solutions cann be found here;

This was a great interview jam packed full of information concerning the wildfires not being reported by the main stream media.

Following The Canadian report from Candyce we step right into out Extinction Report with Kevin Hester and consider the full global ramifications of the seriousness of this disaster both now and in the future.

Podcast here;

tony_rochfordTony Rochford the Irish Hunger striker currently refusing fluids!

The Third Part of the show looks at the various activist news centered in Ireland with amazing testimonies from activist regarding a wide range of issues. We wish to bring to your attention the terrible case of the Irish activist who has gone on hunger strike and is refusing water still after 3 days to highlight health problems with building practises in Ireland, that he has been campaigning against. A phone call from a callous government minister to the wife of Tony Rochford said that he;

“hoped that Mr Rochford would stop the hunger strike”

…. instead of addressing his concerns in any way. We discuss this story with a colleague of Tony called Ashling Lowe  ( )who was concerned by the lack of coverage in the media on this story. We are concerned about his health and hope by raising the issue will encourage Tony to not keep refusing water and medical help whilst he continues his hunger strike so please get this story out to the public!

Other guest we have are talking about the Landmark court ruling that allows protesters the right to carry out actions in a peacful manner with full support of the courts. This is a blow to the bullying tactics of Shell Oil and their PR and security companies This is bucking the trend in the rest of Europe where protesters are being made illegal and/or facing punitive charges and harrasment.

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We break down some of the backstory with in show that you will not hear in the main stream media. We have Donal O`Kelly of Irish PALFEST (Actor , Writer and Poet) who was at the Shell Oil court hearing and also discusses his support for the Gaza victims of oppression with his art instalation of 558 kids Tee-shirts on a beach in Dublin last week (representing the dead children of last years attacks in Gaza).

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John Lannon from Shanonwatch  ( )joins us to give us the good news concerning the succsesful demonstration against US military craft using Shannon Airport and we discuss the Shell Oil court case and its implications for Clare Daly and Mick Wallace (Irish Politicians) who have been charged for peaceful protest at Shannon earlier in the year.


We have Gerry Rourke one of the activists who has been absolved by the Irish Court case in an exclusive report. The audio was not good and we discuss tampering with phones on local community activists around the planned Shell Oil drilling site.

We list a load of harrasment and violence against the activists just as we see the same types of strategies being employed in the Gulf of mexico area (affected by the BP Gulf Oil Spill). We discuss which corporations are involved and try to connect the dots. He recounts the Norwegians saying that the;

“Irish musy be mad giving their natural resources away instead of nationalising it”

…after a Shell Oil activist group visited Statoil to ask how their system runs.


Stephen Manning of Integrity Ireland joins us to update us on his legal situation concerning alleged Gardai Harrasment and he offers us a quick update on the case of Joe Doocey and the Gardais charges against him.

Podcast here;

July 20, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wildfire danger to New Mexico nuclear waste facility

wildfire-nukeU.S. nuclear waste facing wildfire risk THE HINDU, NARAYAN LAKSHMAN , 5 June 14, A New Mexico facility containing 3,706 cubic meters of toxic radiological materials may be on the precipice of a serious incendiary event after the U.S. Department of Energy confirmed that it would fail to meet a deadline to remove drums of nuclear waste from the wildfire-prone area owing to safety concerns.

Although the DoE initially planned to move the “transuranic waste,” from the federal Los Alamos National Laboratory to a Texas facility by June 30, shipments out of the facility were said to have been “put on hold due to concerns about the chemical stability of the mixture in the containers.”

The deteriorating conditions of nuclear waste storage at the facility in recent years were further exacerbated in 2011 by wildfires near the nuclear-weapons laboratory, and the state government of New Mexico ordered the site to complete transfer of the material to other locations “before this year’s wildfire season reaches its peak,” the Nuclear Threat Initiative group noted.

However, apparently one Los Alamos drum of transuranic waste, comprising “tools, rags and other debris contaminated with radioisotopes such as plutonium from U.S. nuclear labs,” may have been responsible for a radiological leak at a repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico, on February 14…….

June 5, 2014 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Fire on ship carrying uranium – news covered up

exclamation-SmThere is new information about what the Atlantic Cartier had on board when it caught fire in Hamburg last year.  April 10, 2014 by 

news report in the HAMBURG taz dated April 3rd states: –

The Atlantic Cartier that caught fire May 1st, close to the opening of the 34th EvangelicalChurch Day, which had attracted thousands of people. (The first report said ‘onethousand’.)

Only two weeks later was the true situation revealed. It contained 3.8 tonnes ofammunition, 180 tons of explosive ethanol, as well as 8.9 tons of uranium hexafloride andeleven tons of unused, fresh uranium fuel rods.’

This is the first report which we have seen which mentions that the ship was carrying fresh uranium fuel rods.

In the middle of March another Atlantic Container Line (ACL) ship, the Atlantic Companion, was involved in an ‘accident’ at the Halifax, Nova Scotia, north-end Ceres terminal.  On this occasion four containers of uranium hexafluoride were dropped while being loaded aboard the ship.

Bibby Reply

In reply to our recent open letter to Bibby Ship Management we received the following from the company:-

‘ It is Bibby Ship Management’s policy not to discuss individual vessels or cargo detailshowever all of our vessels are managed and operated in line with the highest internationally agreed standards of vessel safety and pollution prevention.’

This is the full extent of the companies willingness to answer any of the many questionswhich we would like to put to them.

April 11, 2014 Posted by | incidents | Leave a comment

Fire Prompts Evacuation of New Mexico Nuclear Repository

Update ; Feb 05, 2014, 11:21 PM GMT 15m

Chief Scientist at New Mexico Nuclear Site where underground fire is underway says sensors indicate air is clear – no nuclear release – @astoneabcnews


Earlier article

The repository is licensed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency every five years, said Rod McCullum, the director of used-fuels programs at the Nuclear Energy Institute.

CARLSBAD, N.M. February 5, 2014

Emergency crews battled a fire Wednesday at the southeastern New Mexico site where the federal government seals away its low-grade nuclear waste, including plutonium-contaminated clothing and tools.

Six people were treated for smoke inhalation and released a short while later after a truck hauling salt caught fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

All employees were evacuated from the underground site after the fire broke out about 11 a.m. Wednesday, and none of the radioactive waste was impacted, plant officials said.

Authorities said they weren’t sure what caused the blaze.

At an afternoon news conference, officials said the fire occurred on a truck hauling salt in the facility’s north mine, The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported. Nuclear waste is stored in the south mine, officials said.

Fire suppression systems and rescue teams were immediately activated, and all waste handling operations were suspended, officials said.

A spokeswoman answering an emergency line late Wednesday afternoon said it was unclear if the fire was still burning or when the site might reopen. Any re-entry must be approved by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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February 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Ontario shutting down coal fired power, going for renewables

Ontario to add renewable energy, shut coal-fired power plants Mar 1,
2013     (Reuters) – Ontario’s power grid operator expects more than
3,200 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity to be connected to the
transmission system, while the province’s remaining coal-fired plants
will shut over the next 18 months.
In a report published on Thursday, the Independent Electricity
System Operator (IESO) said the renewable capacity
includes the Canadian province’s first two transmission grid-connected
solar projects.
By August 2014, the IESO said total wind and solar generation
connected to the transmission and distribution systems is expected to
reach about 6,800 MW.
“Integrating renewable resources into Ontario’s changing supply
mix has been a learning process for both us and the renewable
generators,” Bruce Campbell, IESO Vice-President of Resource
Integration, said in the release.
“Everything we’ve learned will be applied in the coming months as
wind and solar gain even more prominence on the grid,” he

March 2, 2013 Posted by | Canada, renewable | Leave a comment

New York: Fire triggers shutdown at Entergy nuke plant for second time in a week


12 November 2012

SCRIBA, N.Y. — Entergy Corp.’s FitzPatrick nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in New York has shut down for the second time in a week. The shutdown early Sunday was triggered by a fire in the plant’s main transformer.

Entergy Nuclear says the fire broke out around 5:45 a.m. and was extinguished at 6:30. The company says there was no release of radiation and no danger to employees or the public. It was reported as an “unusual event,” the lowest of four event classifications by the Nuclear regulatory Commission.

FitzPatrick shut down on Nov. 4 when its turbine stopped during routine testing. It returned to operation after personnel replaced an electrical relay.

The plant is in Oswego County about 30 miles northwest of Syracuse, N.Y.

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment