News from the Associated Press - December 26, 2013

Associated Press
December 26, 2013

NRC: Nine Mile Point reactor problems resolved

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal regulators say they're satisfied the operator of a nuclear power plant in central New York has addressed problems that led to four unscheduled reactor shutdowns last year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it did a special inspection at Nine Mile Point 1 in Scriba (SKREYE'-buh) last month because of the shutdowns from July to November 2012.

The agency says it determined Constellation Energy Nuclear Group successfully determined the causes of the shutdowns known as "scrams" and took steps to prevent the problems in the future.

It cited the example of 14 actions the company took after the collapse of a lightning arrestor took a reactor out of service.

The NRC had classified the problems as "low to moderate safety significance."

Scriba is on Lake Ontario, 33 miles northwest of Syracuse.


Study finds NY 21st in funding to stop smoking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates ranks New York 21st among states in funding of smoking cessation programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids this month also includes New York among states it says broke promises to use all or most of the money from the historic tobacco company settlement 15 years ago to combat smoking.

The group is funded by cancer and anti-smoking charities. It reported this month that New York spends about $40 million a year on tobacco prevention programs after annual declines during much of the last decade.

That spending is about 16 percent of the $254 million in yearly funding recommended for New York by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


NY buys 1,250 acres to expand Hudson Valley park

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state park in the Hudson Valley is going to be growing by 1,250 acres.

State parks officials say the land along the Fishkill Ridge will be added to Hudson Highlands State Park in Dutchess County.

The property is being purchased from the conservation group Scenic Hudson for about $2 million and includes North Beacon Mountain.

The parks department says it will add about 11 miles of wilderness trails featuring a waterfall, rock scramble and views of the highlands. In addition to links to existing trails at the 7,400-acre park, it will tie into Scenic Hudson's Mount Beacon Park.

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