FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:Colstrip Power Plant, one of the largest electricity generators in the northwestern United States, has been shut down for at least a month because of air pollution problems, The Billings Gazette has learned.Talen Energy, which operates the plant, is trying to dispel rumors that newer portions of the four-generator power plant have been permanently shut down after failing to comply with the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. None of the power plant’s four units are effectively functioning currently.The details were disclosed to The Gazette in a leaked email, which was written by Colstrip Plant Manager Neil Dennehy. “There is no truth in the rumor that the units will be permanently shut down due to this issue,” Dennehy wrote.Neither Dennehy nor Talen Media Relations Manager Todd Martin responded to Gazette interview requests Tuesday. But Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Colstrip’s shutdown over air pollution problems that began at least 28 days ago. That’s when Talen notified the state that its newer generators, Colstrip Units 3 and 4, were emitting Hazardous Air Pollutants, or HAPs, at unsafe levels.Talen shut the units down so it could figure out what went wrong. Since then, the units have fired up only for testing. On July 10, Talen informed the state that its HAPs were still too high. HAPs are pollutants that are known to cause cancer or suspected of causing cancer or other serious health problems like birth defects. The toxic ingredients include lead, cadmium, chromium and other compounds.Dennehy said in his email that Talen would not operate the units out of compliance. By coincidence, Colstrip’s two other generating units are shut down for scheduled maintenance, leaving the power plant completely nonoperational.Right now without Colstrip electricity, those utilities are buying electricity on the spot market and doing so without interruption, sometimes at prices lower than the cost of Colstrip power. All six of Colstrip’s owners own other generating facilities, ranging from hydroelectric dams to wind farms and natural gas plants.More: Colstrip Power Plant shut down to address unsafe pollution emission, scheduled maintenance Emissions force Talen to take Colstrip coal units offline
Ryanair, Europe’s leading airline, has announced new routes from Zadar to Hamburg, Cologne and Nuremberg, twice a week since April. Along with the latest Prague route, the new lines are part of Ryanair’s Summer Schedule for Zadar 2019, which will be announced soon. Ryanair will soon unveil the full Summer Flight Schedule for Zadar 2019, and to celebrate the new routes to Germany, Ryanair has launched seat sales with a 30-euro discount on return flights for travel until March 2019.”Ryanair is pleased to announce three new routes from Zadar to Hamburg, Cologne and Nuremberg. Flights depart in April and will take place twice a week as part of our Summer Schedule for 2019. Our customers in Croatia can already book tickets to these three new airports, until October 2019. Our full flight schedule will follow. ” said Ryanair’s executive director of sales and marketing, Ivana Hanjs, adding that they had put a million seats on sale with a 30-euro discount on return flights for travel until March 2019.
But, with a home game against Liverpool to come on Sunday, Redknapp does not believe he job is under immediate threat if recent results do not improve. When asked if he was feeling any pressure, Redknapp said: “None whatsoever. ”Until you’ve been under pressure you don’t know what pressure is and I’m not under pressure, none whatsoever. I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday. ”We have played seven games, we are seven games into a Premier League season. We have played three home games, we got beaten by Hull 1-0 and missed a penalty, we beat Sunderland and drew with Stoke in a tough game – it is not easy. ”I still have every confidence in the players here that we will start getting the results, and hopefully that will start on Sunday.” Redknapp’s current deal at the club expires at the end of the current campaign and for weeks he had been expected to sign an extension. But the former West Ham and Tottenham boss is not concerned about negotiating a new contract and is still enjoying a close working relationship with Fernandes. “I don’t need assurances from anybody,” he said. The 67-year-old guided the Hoops back into the Barclays Premier League through the play-offs last year, but the side have struggled on their return to the top flight, sitting bottom of the table with just four points from their opening seven games. Former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has joined ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood as a reported candidate to fill the vacancy, should QPR owner Tony Fernandes decide a change is required. QPR boss Harry Redknapp does not want any assurances over his position and insists he is not under pressure at Loftus Road. “It is up to Tony what he does. If he is not happy come and talk to me – I’m a big boy. I’m going for dinner with him tonight. I’m not going to be there buying him dinner to keep my job – I will let him buy dinner. “The impasse over my contract is that I wasn’t bothered about signing a new contract, not in the slightest. “What is a contract? A contract is you work for a club. If they don’t want you, you talk to the chairman, sort out what you’re doing and you move on. “If we stay up and at the end of the year Tony wants to talk about another year with me I’d be delighted, that is what I want to do in my life.” Fernandes has backed Redknapp since he was chosen as the man to replace Mark Hughes in November 2012. But the Malaysian businessman will be all-too aware that Redknapp was unable to prevent QPR falling into the Championship having failed to win any of the first 12 league games under Hughes and will not want to see a similar pattern emerge this year. Although Redknapp has previously said he would have very little desire to remain in place if QPR were to be relegated, he insists his passion for the game still keeps him putting in the effort to turn things around. “I was up at four o’clock this morning,” he said. “I left my house at twenty-to-five, I must be doing it for some reason, not because I need to feed the dogs, it is because I love it. “When I don’t love doing it I won’t get up in the morning. When the alarm goes off I will turn over, and on the day I don’t feel like coming in that will be it for me. “It is not easy but I’m confident we will be okay. Certainly no-one is walking around, moping around feeling sorry for themselves. If we had seven points we would be delighted. We are a couple of points short of what we should have had.” Press Association