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Daily Food Watch News

Check out my e-News Paper "The Food Watch Daily" - It is updated daily at 10:30am EST. I try to focus on Food Industry, Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture, Organics, and GMO News. When I can I also include informative videos on the same topics. 4Evolution/1321698 505 If there is any specific topic you would like me to cover give a shout. My Blog is Vermont For Evolution where I cover Vermont food issues, events and News. http://vermont4Evo lution.wordpress.c om  (Jan 1, 2012 | post #1)

Burlington, VT

Burlington Permaculture Perennial plant Exchange

Burlington Permaculture's web page Perennial Exchange which is, a community tool facilitating the free exchange of plant resources among residents of Burlington and its environs. This site allows members of the exchange to both offer and request plant resources from neighbors and fellow community members in the form of transplants, root divisions, cuttings and other propagation materials completely free of charge. We hope this tool helps to enhance our region’s food security and foster urban agriculture while building new social connections and strengthening our community. All members of the public can view offers and wants. However, to create an offer, or to contact a member, you must first create an account. http://www.burling tonpermaculture.or g/Perennial_Exchan ge/ Check out this wonderful community tool to diversify your gardens and connect with your community. http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om/  (Dec 18, 2011 | post #1)

Burlington, VT

NRC Recommends “Upgrading” Safety Standards on US Reactors

The NRC granted Vermont Yankee a 20 year extension of its operators license just 10 days after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan. Now 4 months later the NRC wants the US nuclear industry to "upgrade " their reactors. Excerpt from the VPR article: (Dillon) An NRC task force says that in light of the Japanese disaster, U.S. plants should have systems in place to keep fuel cool for 72 hours. The task force also made specific recommendations for U.S. reactors, such as Vermont Yankee, that share the same design as the stricken Japanese nuclear power plants. The commission says vents need to be strengthened so the hydrogen gas can be released before it explodes... (Gundersen) "The industry's position is that letting the radiation out is better than blowing the containment up. And my opinion is that neither are acceptable and that the containment is the problem, and that it either needs to be fixed - strengthened - or shut down." (Dillon) Gundersen says all the changes recommended by the NRC will cost Yankee about $100 million. That's on top of other expensive repairs needed if the plant operates for another 20 years. Gundersen has a prediction about Entergys Vermont Yankee's response: (Gundersen) "I think if Vermont Yankee is allowed to operate, the net effect will be it'll be too costly to make the repairs and Entergy will make an economic decision to shut it down." (Dillon) Entergy is still committed to keeping the plant operating for another 20 years. Yankee spokesman Larry Smith says the industry wants to work with the NRC to implement the changes. He says it's too early to come up with an accurate cost estimate. /news_detail/91385 / This is just a simple move to make people feel the NRC is doing their job, assessing the Fukushima disaster and making appropriate changes. Even if these reactors have uninterrupted energy to their cooling pumps and improved vents, it still doesn’t change the fact that the containment vessel CAN leak. Arnie Gundersen a Nuclear Industry veteran and Nuclear advisor from Fairewinds Associates has been confronting the NRC about Containment leakage for years. The NRC’s safety standards in the case of leakage are based on the idea that only 1% of the fuel can “fail”, and only 1% out of that 1% of failed fuel can leak from the containment vessel. 70% of Fukushima’s fuel failed and much more than 1% of that has leaked. Nuclear Energy production with our current technology can not assure any safety. SHUT IT DOWN! Videos From Fairewinds Associates: Arnie Gundersen Gives Testimony to NRC ACRS – May 26, 2011 - http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om/2011/05/28/arni e-gundersen-gives- testimony-to-nrc-a crs-may-26-2011/ Why Fukushima Can Happen Here: What the NRC and Nuclear Industry Dont Want You to Know - http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om/2011/07/11/why- fukushima-can-happ en-here-what-the-n rc-and-nuclear-ind ustry-dont-want-yo u-to-know/  (Jul 16, 2011 | post #1)

Burlington, VT

Cash-Strapped Burlington Cuts Back on Cheap Ex-Con Labor

Excerpt from - Prison labor cheats society Many corporations, whose products we consume on a daily basis, have learned that prison labor can be as profitable as using sweatshop labor in developing nations. You might have had a first-hand experience with a prison laborer if you have ever booked a flight on Trans World Airlines, since many of the workers making the phone reservations are prisoners. Other companies that use prison labor are Chevron, IBM, Motorola, Compaq, Texas Instruments, Honeywell, Microsoft, Victoria's Secret and Boeing. Federal prisons operate under the trade name Unicor and use their prisoners to make everything from lawn furniture to congressional desks. Their Web site proudly displays "where the government shops first." full article - /News/TechNews/010 327/ tml My article on the Prison Industrial Complex - http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om/human-rights/th e-prison-industria l-complex/  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #1)

Burlington, VT

What do you think of the smart grid and wireless "smart m...

less than 3000 out of the 20,000 or so burlington voters even voted on the Smart Grid Bond. The Vote was 1,808 to 1,176 so 15% voted and 9% voted yes. Isn't there some minimum turn-out to be considered valid?  (Jul 11, 2011 | post #1)

University of Vermont

I am wondering how UVM students are viewing The Smart Gr...

Less that 3000 of the 20,000 or so voters even voted on the smart meter bond in Burlington. This is legal? no opinions?  (Jul 10, 2011 | post #1)

University of Vermont

Of forests, soils and biochar

I believed in bio-char and have experimented making it on small scale. I was cautioned by a permaculturist who said that new studies are coming out saying that using bio-char on an industrial level can be dangerous for the soil. sure it sequesters carbon and can bring beneficial bacterias but it is being found to also depleting the soils oxygen. So I would say as most things on a small scale experimental level it can be a good thing, I just wouldn't get on full board to the idea it is the solution to industrial agriculture. http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #3)

University of Vermont

The Green Veneer

The veneer of The Green Revolution is much thicker than you may have guessed. Just look at the smart grid and smart growth frenzy, these are obvious tools of social engineering, in the guise of being green. I have done a lot of research on this and it is clear a whole new infrastructure is being put into place that will make us even more dependent on the Feds regulations. Check my blog - http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om search "sustainable development" or browse through the posts. The new federal council for Rural America seems to be the icing on the cake. check VT commons Blog  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #2)

Brattleboro, VT

Why the Entergy case is self-refuting

First Supremacy Clause is relative to Law and treaties... The NRC is not voted into office and Congress has nothing to do with issuing a Operational License extension... So clearly the supremacy clause has nothing to do with this case as far as VT trying to supersede federal law. This is all about jurisdiction. What is jurisdiction? How is it attained? Answer these questions and you will understand.  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #27)

Brattleboro, VT

What do you think of the US "mainstream" News?

Real news is hard to come by. I try to keep Vermonters informed. I have been blogging over a year here is my URL - http://vermont4evo lution.wordpress.c om, check it out if you like what you see subscribe. Peace, Simha  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #3)

Brattleboro, VT

Entergy attempting to add new evidence in lawsuit

VY will most likely stay operational, until humans (or nature) decides we can't go on like this, which I believe will be before their 20 year extended license expires. Everyone knows the "sovereign " states are in the pocket of the FED, every state is broke, relying on those printing presses. This case seems to be a way to tell Vermonters, "we came out swinging, and gave it our best shot. sorry folks, guess federal law supersedes state..." President set. The problem is TITLE 33 > CHAPTER 26 > SUBCHAPTER IV > § 1341 is a "Supreme Law" and The NRC says “The NRC regional office will renew the license if, on the basis of the application and certifications, it determines that the applicant continues to meet the regulatory requirements.” This is a requirement VY hasn't met since 2006. The NRC and the EPA must have this Thermal Discharge Permit in hand before lawfully issuing this license. A petition was issued 4 months ago to review this permit.  (Jul 8, 2011 | post #9)

Brattleboro, VT

Vermont Yankee criminal investigation

vt4vy you comment -"in this case the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the legal authority to regulate nuclear plant safety." and you name are enough to conclude you are bought and paid for. TITLE 33 > CHAPTER 26 > SUBCHAPTER IV > § 1341 “Any applicant for a Federal license or permit to conduct any activity including, but not limited to, the construction or operation of facilities, which may result in any discharge into the navigable waters, shall provide the licensing or permitting agency (NRC & EPA) a certification from the State in which the discharge originates or will originate,…” At the end of NRC’s “Operator License Renewal Process” it states: “The NRC regional office will renew the license if, on the basis of the application and certifications, it determines that the applicant continues to meet the regulatory requirements.” Vermont Yankee’s Thermal Water Discharge Permit expired in 2006. This was VY responsibility to provide this Permit to NRC and EPA. It is the NRC and EPA responsibility to ensure Vermont Yankee provides this certification from the State BEFORE they issue a license renewal, it is a regulatory requirement under US code, Which is Supreme Law. Try again vt4vy.......  (Jul 7, 2011 | post #29)

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