Thursday, July 26, 2007
Vt. Yankee employee fails drug test
July 21, 2007
By Susan Smallheer
Herald Staff BRATTLEBORO
A licensed control room operator at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was fired this week after he tested positive for marijuana.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that the operator was given a random drug test on Sunday and when the results came back on Wednesday, the operator was immediately fired.
NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said the testing was part of Entergy Nuclear's "fitness for duty" testing program and he declined to say the level of the marijuana in the person's bloodstream.
Sheehan said that as soon as a worker tests positive for drugs, it must act and notify the NRC.
"We will be following up and making a determination on whether enforcement action is necessary," Sheehan said.
Entergy Nuclear spokesman Robert Williams said that a review of that person's work history is underway.
Entergy spokesman Larry Smith said that he didn't know how high the former employee tested, saying that it was a personnel matter.
He also refused to say how long the person was employed at the plant, and exactly where he or she worked.
He said that it was a random drug test, which is accomplished by giving a blood sample. He said that alcohol levels are tested by urinanalysis.
"I was tested just last week," Smith said, noting that the random testing was conducted by a special program at Entergy Nuclear, and that employees on average are tested twice a year.
He said that there is also "for cause" testing, that would be triggered if an employee suspected another employee of impaired behavior.
Smith said he believed that this wasn't the first time that an employee was fired for testing positive for drug use.
He said that licensed control room operators work in both the reactor in Vernon, and also the plant's training facility in Brattleboro, located at Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee's corporate headquarters.
"We take this seriously," said Entergy spokesman Robert Williams.
He said the fitness-for-duty program is designed to protect the public health and safety, and he said that the testing proved "that it works."
He said that the company has an employee assistance program with counseling and referral services.
"We are committed to safety and a review of the employee's previous work is under way," he said.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The World Without Us
The world is a feat of engineering. Beyond nature's glorious design, as this book recounts, our hands and minds have worked to shape, build, plant and populate as much of this planet as, well, humanly possible. With meticulous history and imaginative speculation, Weisman deconstructs progress across time and space. From concrete jungles in the West to ancient underground cities in Turkey to Chernobyl's Zone of Alienation, he both challenges and emphasizes the permanence of all our creation(s). The echoes of human impact, he concludes, will fade quickly in some arenas, but perpetuate radically in others. Remarkable, disheartening and inspiring, the book illustrates that we've inherited an immense, complicated and beautiful world from ancestors who were both ingenious and ignorant. Ultimately, how we choose to think, invent, and act will be what differentiates us from them.
-- Steven Leckart
The World Without Us
2007, 336 pages
Available from Amazon
[It's worth taking a look at the Multimedia page on the book's web site for some intriguing time lapse artist renderings -- sl]
Among the myriad species loosed on the world by humans that have surged beyond control, eucalyptus joins ailanthus and kudzu as encroachers that will bedevil the land long after we've departed. To power steam locomotives, the British often replaced slow-maturing tropical hardwood forests with fast-growing eucalyptus from their Australian Crown colonies. The aromatic eucalyptus oils that we use to make cough medicine and to disinfect household surfaces kill germs because in larger doses they're toxins, meant to chase off competitive plants. Few insects will live around eucalyptus, and with little to eat, few birds nest among them. Lusty drinkers, eucalypti go wherever there's water, such as along shamba irrigation ditches, where they've formed tall hedgegrows. Without people, they'll aim to colonize deserted fields, and they'll have a head start on the native seeds blowing down the mountain. In the end, it may take a great natural African lumberjack, the elephant, to blaze a trail back to Mount Kenya and expel the last British spirits from the land for good.
If humans were to go tomorrow, enough wild predators currently remain to out-compete or gobble most of our domestic animals, though a few feral exceptions have proved impressively resilient. The escaped wild horses and burros of the American Great Basin and Sonoran Desert essentially have replaced equine species lost at the end of the Pleistocene. Dingoes, which polished off Australia's last marsupial carnivores, have been that country's top predator for so long that many down under don't realize that these canines were originally companions to Southeast Asian traders. With no large predators around other than descendants of pet dogs, cows and pigs will probably own Hawaii. Elsewhere, dogs may even help livestock survive: sheep ranchers in Tierra del Fuego often swear that the shepherding instinct is do deeply bred in their kelpie dogs that their own absence would be immaterial.
Ruins of high-rises echo the love song of the frogs breeding in Manhattan's reconstituted streams, now stocked with alewives and mussels dropped by seagulls. Herring and shad have returned to the Hudson, though they spent some generations adjusting to radioactivity trickling out of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, 35 miles north of Times Square, after its reinforced concrete succumbed. Missing, however, are nearly all fauna adapted to us. The seemingly invincible cockroach, a tropical import, long ago froze in unheated apartment buildings. Without garbage, rats starved or became lunch for the raptors nesting in burnt-out skyscrapers. Rising water, tides, and salt corrosion have replaced the engineered shoreline, circling New York's five boroughs with estuaries and small beaches. With no dredging, Central Park's ponds and reservoir have been reincarnated as marshes. Without natural grazers - unless horses used by hansom cabs and by park policeman managed to go feral and breed - Central Park's grass is goneâ€¦ Long before, the wild predators finished off the last descendants of pet dogs, but a wily population of feral house cats persists, feeding on starlings. With bridges finally down, tunnels flooded, and Manhattan truly an island again, moose and bears swim a widened Harlem river to feast on the berries that the Lenape once picked. Amid the rubble of Manhattan financial institutions that literally collapsed for good, a few bank vaults stand; the money within, however worthless, is mildewed but safe. Not so the artwork stored in museum vaults, built more for climate control than strength. Without electricity, protection ceases; eventually museum roofs spring leaks, usually starting with their skylights, and their basements fill with standing water. Subjected to wild swings in humidity and temperature, everything in storage rooms is prey to mold, bacteria, and the voracious larvae of a notorious museum scourge, the black carpet beetle. As they spread to other floors, fungi discolor and dissolve the paintings in the Metropolitan beyond recognition. Ceramics, however, are doing fine, since they're chemically similar to fossils. Unless something falls on them first, they await reburial for the next archaeologist to dig them up. Corrosion has thickened the patina on bronze statues, but hasn't affected their shapes. "That's why we know about the Bronze Age," notes Manhattan art conservator Barbara Appelbaum. Even if the Statue of Liberty ends up at the bottom of the harbor, Appelbaum says, its form will remain intact indefinitely, albeit somewhat chemically altered and possibly encased in barnacles.
If everyone on Earth disappeared, 441 nuclear plants, several with multiple reactors, would briefly run on autopilot until, one by one, they overheated. As refueling schedules are usually staggered so that some reactors generate while others are down, possibly half would burn, and the rest would melt. Either way, the spilling of radioactivity into the air, and into nearby bodies of water, would be formidable, and it would last, in the case of enriched uranium, into geologic time. Those melted cores that flow to the reactor floors would not, as some believe, bore through the Earth and out to the other side, emerging in China like poisonous volcanoes. As the radioactive lava melds with the surrounding steel and concrete, it would finally cool - if that's the term for a lump of slag that would remain mortally hot thereafter. That is unfortunate, because deep self-interment would be a blessing to whatever life remained on the surface. Instead, what briefly was an exquisitely machined technological array would have congealed into a deadly, dull metallic blob: a tombstone to the intellect that created it - and, for the thousands of years thereafter, to innocent nonhuman victims that approached too closely.
The long-term prognosis for plastic, [Dr. Anthony] Andrady told assembled marine scientists, is exactly that: long-term. It's no surprise that plastics have made an enduring mess in the oceans, he explained. Their elasticity, versatility (they can either sink or float), near invisibility in water, durability, and superior strength were exactly why net and fishing line manufacturers had abandoned natural fibers for synthetics such as nylon and polyethylene. In time, the former disintegrates; the latter, even when torn and lost, continue "ghost fishing." As a result, virtually every marine species, including whales, is in danger of being snared by great tangles of nylon loose in the oceans.
In the mid-20th century, the length of commercialized wheat stalks shortened nearly by half even as the number of grains they bore multiplied. They were engineered crops, developing during the so-called Green Revolution to eliminate world hunger. Their phenomenal yields fed millions who otherwise might not have eaten, and thus contributed to expanding the populations of countries like India and Mexico. Designed through forced crossbreeding and random mixes of amino acids - tricks that preceded gene splicing - their success and survival depend on calibrated cocktails of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides to protect these laboratory-bred life-forms from perils that lurk outside, in reality. In a world without people, none will last in the wildâ€¦ The fields where they are destined to die out, which are now most of the grain fields in the world, will be left deeply scourged by nitrogen and sulfur, and will remain badly leached and acidic until new soil is built. That will require decades of acid-tolerant trees rooting and growing, then hundreds of years more of leaf litter and decaying wood broken down and excreted as humus by microbes that can tolerate the thin legacy of industrial agriculture. Beneath these soils, and periodically disinterred by ambitious root systems, will lie three centuries' worth of various metals and an alphabet soup of POPs, substances truly new under the sun and soil. Some engineered compounds like PAHs, too heavy to blow away to the Arctic, may end up molecularly bound in soil pores too tiny for digesting microbes to enter, and remain there forever.
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NRC's Official Letter Making The Announcement
No. 07-091 July 25, 2007
NRC ANNOUNCES OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST HEARING ON APPLICATION TO
RENEW OPERATING LICENSE FOR INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today announced the opportunity to request a hearing on an application to renew the operating licenses for the Indian Point nuclear power plant, Units 2 and 3, for an additional 20 years.
The Indian Point plant has two pressurized water reactors located in the town of Buchanan, N.Y., about 24 miles north of New York City. The plant owner, Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., submitted the renewal application April 30. The current operating licenses for Indian Point expire on Sept. 28, 2013, for Unit 2 and Dec. 12, 2015, for Unit 3. Indian Point Unit 1 was shut down in 1974.
The NRC staff has determined that the application contains sufficient information for the agency to formally "docket," or file, the application and begin its technical review. Docketing the application does not preclude requesting additional information as the review proceeds; nor does it indicate whether the Commission will renew the licenses.
During the docketing review, NRC staff informed Entergy that the current licensing basis for Unit 2 was not fully represented and that the application did not include information on the gas turbines currently credited as an alternative power supply in case of "station blackout," or loss of all alternating current (AC) power. Entergy subsequently committed to installing a diesel generator for Unit 2 and having it operational by April 30, 2008.
The NRC also received letters from the New York State Attorney General, Riverkeeper, and Friends United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE), asserting that Entergy’s license renewal application was incomplete or inaccurate. Although the NRC has determined that the application contains sufficient information to docket the application, the staff will consider these comments as appropriate during the technical review process.
The Indian Point application for license renewal is posted at
An NRC review schedule for Indian Point will also be posted soon. Because of the pending installation of the diesel generator for Unit 2, the NRC staff anticipates the review will take 27 months if no hearing is granted, and 35 months with a hearing. Meeting this schedule will depend on Entergy’s
prompt submission of all requested and necessary information. License renewal reviews typically take 22 months with no hearing, or 30 months with a hearing.
A notice of opportunity to request a hearing will be published soon in the
. The deadline for requesting a hearing is 60 days after publication of the notice. Petitions may be filed by anyone whose interest may be affected by the license renewal and who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding. Background information regarding the hearing process was disseminated by NRC staff to members of the public during a public information session conducted near Indian Point on June 27.
A request for hearing and a petition for leave to intervene must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001, Attention:
Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff. Requests may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 415-1101 or e-mail to
Information about the license renewal process can be found on the NRC Web site at:
1. The Tokyo Electric Power Company confirmed today that 2,000 tons of water flooded the basement of the building that houses the facility's No. 1 reactor.
This is the first time this piece of information came out, and why put it in tons? Could it be, that TEPCO is hoping not to have to admit publicly that the basement of the building housing reactor number one got flooded with almost half a million gallons of water?
2. An estimated 1.2 cubic meters of radioactive water flowed into the sea, but the company said it is still not certain about the total amount of water that flowed from the pool.
Curious here...how can they claim a release of 1.2 cubic meters of radioactive water into the sea, while claiming they have no idea how much irradiated water leaked from the pool? Especially since their own report admits their low spent pool water sensors went off for all seven spent fuel pools.
3. TEPCO says that during the incident, radioactive material was twice vented into the air.
Seeing as one of these leaks went undetected for three days, shouldn't we be told HOW MUCH leaked into the air? Shouldn't the citizens of Japan be told this?
4. TEPCO has started on repairs of minor damage at the plant, and the company will soon prepare a plan for the detailed check of safety-significant equipment such as the reactor internals, said the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. A detailed inspection of the reactors will be conducted based on that plan.
I am a betting man here, and guessing there is a reason no reactor internal investigations have been done yet...TEPCO wants to let the uproar die down first, then after people have settled down, release the bad news findings a bit at a time so that it does not grab world wide headlines.
5. Minister Amari acknowledged today that the government failed to carefully examine fault lines near nuclear power plants, and said a stricter review system is needed, the Kyodo news agency reported.
Any one care to bet that the NRC could state the same fact about Indian Point, Diablo Canyon and other reactors near seismic faults here in America?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Thousands protest Indonesia's proposed nuclear power plant
It was the latest protest rally by locals against the controversial nuclear plant. Early last month, thousands of people staged protest rally in three different districts in the province, including in Jepara district, opposing the proposed plant.
Indonesia is moving ahead with controversial plans to build its first nuclear power plant, which if completed on schedule in 2017 would put the country in Southeast Asia's nuclear-energy vanguard.
The plant would be built on Gunung Muria, on the densely populated and earthquake-prone Central Java about 400 kilometres east of Jakarta, with a capacity of 4,000 megawatts by 2025. According to the initial schedule, construction tenders for the 1.6-billion-dollar facility, may be called as early as this year.
Locals and other anti-nuclear activists accused the government only conveying information to the public on the benefits of the plant, without explaining the potential dangers.
Indonesian environmentalists have long criticized the proposed nuclear plant, saying there are cheaper, safer ways to generate power since the country has more environmentally sound sources, including geothermal and natural gas.
Despite warnings of geologic instability, the National Nuclear Power Agency is adamant that constructing the first nuclear plant should go ahead on the foothills of Mount Muria.
Government officials have consistently brushed aside complaints about the region's unstable tectonics and the project's high costs, contending that the country can ill-afford to forgo atomic energy.
Java accounts for more than 60 per cent of Indonesia's 220 million people who inhabit the 17,000 islands that comprise the sprawling archipelago nation.
But government officials have insisted that the Mount Muria has been chosen for the nuclear power plant because, based on feasibility study results, the location is the "safest area" in terms of the volcanic and tectonic activities and tsunami disaster.
Mount Muria has been dormant for more than 3,000 years, the officials claim, noting that nuclear technology has already been extensively applied in Indonesia, especially for agriculture, animal husbandry, health, water resources and industry.
Just who is Trish Conrad, and what politcal connections from her days in Oregon brought this rabid, frothing at the mouth Pro-Life advocate to Washington, DC to work for the NEI?
Siberia attack leaves one anti-nuclear protester dead, others injured
A pre-dawn attack on an anti-nuclear protest camp in Siberia this weekend left one person dead and several others seriously injured. Twenty suspects have been detained for the crime, in which attackers wearing dark clothes and masks brandished metal pipes, chanted nationalist slogans, attempted to set tents on fire, and beat the crap out of as many of the 21 encamped environmentalists -- most of whom were sleeping -- as they could get their hands on.
Authorities say they don't believe the protest itself -- which is focused on nuclear-waste processing at the state-owned Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Plant and inspired by concerns that Russia plans to process spent nuclear fuel from abroad -- was the motive for the hatefest. Instead, they say, it may have been as simple as an argument or theft. "Investigators are inclined to believe that the attack was motivated by hooliganism with the aim of stealing property," said a local police spokesperson. Oh, those wacky hooligans. What'll they do next?
Guardian - Pravda - Forbes
Statement from Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense on NIRS website.
NEI Licensing Forum 2007
The Westin Arlington Gateway
Arlington, Va 22203
October 15-16 2007
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Licensing Forum is the annual meeting of the U.S. nuclear industry’s licensing community, which is composed of licensing specialists from nuclear utilities, nuclear steam system suppliers, owners’ groups, regional utility groups, nuclear service contractors, EPRI and INPO. NRC line managers, project managers and technical reviewers participate in the forum, presenting their views on a wide range of licensing issues. This year’s two-day meeting is the 7th annual Licensing Forum. It is intended for management, supervisory, and staff personnel involved in the day-to-day licensing interface with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It gives licensees and NRC staff a chance to discuss the efficiency and effectiveness of a number of important licensing processes, such as, license amendment requests, requests for additional information, topical reports, and generic issue resolution. Forum attendees discuss how NRC and Industry can communicate about issue-resolution action plans, priorities, and schedules. Each Licensing Forum lays the groundwork for future meetings and workshops to develop common definitions and expectations aimed at improving the overall licensing process.
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- Registration and continental breakfast will begin Monday and Tuesday at 7.30 a.m.
- Conference sessions will be held at the following times:
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- NEI will host a luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.
- NEI will host a welcoming reception on Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Business casual attire is appropriate for the forum.
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Also, start making plans for 2008 Anti Nuclear Events...Chicago could be a great place for a protest May 5-7, 2008.
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
Yashin on a Rocket to Russia
It's been a tough few months for Yashin. Even before the Islanders bought him out of his absurd contract following the end of the season, they more or less made it clear that he'd be stripped of the captaincy in order to convince free agent Ryan Smyth to stay on Long Island.
Then came having to suffer the indignity of having Isles GM Garth Snow give Yashin a vote of confidence, rapidly followed by the actual buyout, one that implicitly laid the blame for the team's woes over the past few seasons on Yashin's doorstep.
Then again, I'm not sure what sort of reception Yashin and his agents thought he would get. With $4 million per year already in his pocket from his Islanders buyout, what team in the world would be looking to overpay for a center entering his mid-30s after several years of declining production and a well-established reputation for soft play?
Still, one burning question remains before Yashin abandons his mansion on Long Island: Is he taking Carol Alt back to Russia with him? The aging investment bankers of Manhattan would like to know.
Thanks to Paul Kukla for the initial report.
1. Gee Eric, imagine my surprise finding you here on AOL's NHL Fanhouse. Had no idea that such a rabid Pro Nuclear hack drawing a paycheck from the nuclear lobbyist over at NEI(Nuclear Energy Institute)would also have and interest in what Alexei Yashin of the New York Islanders was/is up too. Tell me, do you think he supports Entergy's failing Indian Point nuclear reactors that are leaking tritium and strontium 90 into the Hudson River remaining open? Is he supportive of this trouble plagued plant being relicensed for 20 more years? Do you think there is a chance New York's close proximity to Indian Point is playing a part in his decision to jump to the Russian Super Leaque?
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
As you might imagine, I've been monitoring a lot of stories from around the Web about the situation in Japan. And as you might surmise, while an incident like this is always a cause for concern, it's not a cause for hysteria -- unless of course we're talking about the usual suspects.
Here are webpages on the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) scandal reported in English edition of Asahi newspaper. This is not solely an issue of TEPCO, but an international issue with a tremendous magnitude especially for countries which possess BWRs (Boiling Water Reactors). Please disseminate this as widely as possible to avert any nuclear disaster.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Mari Takenouchi Freelance translator, a concerned citizen from Japan
ENGLISH Cutting corners: At TEPCO, saving costs took priority over repairing cracked equipment.
``The workers took such action because of the possible negative effects on power supply during the asset-inflated bubble economy.'' NOBUYA MINAMI TEPCO president The question facing workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in 1996 was simple: Do we spend billions of yen to repair a tiny crack in ...
ENGLISH New law hopes to avert nuke disaster
It now takes up to two years to inspect a suspicious nuclear power plant.
The government wants to make it easier to inspect nuclear plants after receiving tips reactor operators are engaged in dangerous practices.
According to sources, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry's Nuclear and Industries
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TEPCO heads to roll; inspections start
The president says there is no excuse for the cover-ups. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) president and chairman said Monday they will resign over a long series of cover-ups that has forced emergency inspections of cracks around the company's nuclear reactors. President Nobuya Minami, 66, will ...
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Utility OKs on early probe http://www.asahi.com/english/national/K2002090200397.html
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) decided to temporarily shut down its nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture for early inspections amid public outrage that cracked equipment surrounds one of the reactor cores. The regular inspection at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant was originally scheduled for Sept. 24 ...
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TEPCO chiefs likely to quit over scandal
The president and chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will likely resign and give up their industry group posts over the scandal involving a long-time cover-up of problem spots in nuclear power plants. TEPCO President Nobuya Minami said he will take responsibility for the falsified records ...
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Japan faces ODA suit from Sumatra
The 3,980 plaintiffs want 20 billion yen for being displaced by a government-funded dam project. In an apparent precedented move, the government faces a 20-billion-yen compensation lawsuit for forcing thousands of Indonesians off their land to make way for a dam project funded by official develop ...
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EDITORIAL: TEPCO execs on way out
Habit of hiding problems must be eradicated. Deceit and wrongdoing have been exposed at company after company-in the Snow Brand group, Nippon Meat Packers and Mitsui & Co.-all big companies in their respective fields.
Nobuya Minami, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), will resig...
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Internal rivalries simmered as TEPCO hid defects
Observers say the utility's nuclear power division acted like a company unto itself. In trying to cover up defects at its nuclear power plants, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) unwittingly exposed deep organizational flaws at the root of the company's latest scandal. The company from which Nobuya ...
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TEPCO execs linked to cover-up as 100 investigated from within
The scandal embroiling Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) likely involves up to 100 employees, including senior executives, according to sources close to public and in-house investigations. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency will start a three-day on-the-spot probe today at TEPCO's three nuclea ...
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ANALYSIS: In nuke industry, saving cash means losing public trust
A cost-saving atmosphere prevails at TEPCO. In pursuit of economic efficiency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) apparently cut corners where it counted most. A major factor behind the cover-up of problem spots at three nuclear plants operated by TEPCO appears to be the atmosphere created by compan ...
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