IEA: We need nuclear power plants for climate goals | Antitrust ruling could put disposal company out of business | Perry addresses interim-storage remarks
June 23, 2017
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IEA: We need nuclear power plants for climate goals
To reach global goals of carbon reduction, it's essential to invest in low-carbon technologies, including nuclear energy, the International Energy Agency said. While nuclear is the largest low-carbon energy source in the US and Europe, many nuclear power plants will reach the end of their permitted life span in the 2020s, so new nuclear plants are needed to keep the power source in the energy mix.
Digital Journal (6/22) 
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Antitrust ruling could put disposal company out of business
In the Justice Department's first antitrust win since President Donald Trump took office, a judge ruled against the EnergySolutions and Waste Control Specialists merger, which the companies argued was necessary to keep the latter in business. The companies are the only two radioactive waste disposal facilities for most of the country, and the DOJ said it's necessary to protect competition at this critical time in the nuclear energy sector as decommissioning projects are awarded in coming years.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (6/21) 
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Policy Watch
Perry addresses interim-storage remarks
After making comments Tuesday about the potential for interim storage at the Nevada Test Site that surprised Gov. Brian Sandoval, Energy Secretary Rick Perry clarified that no decisions have been made on where used nuclear fuel will be stored. Though he mentioned sites in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, there are no plans for interim storage at those sites, and he said he meant to convey that he wants to coordinate with officials and find a resolution to the storage problem.
Las Vegas Sun (6/21) 
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Bill would expand tax credit to nonprofits
A bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to allow ratepayers to nonprofit partners to access the nuclear production tax credit. The legislation also would remove the requirement that nuclear facilities must be operating by the end of 2020 to receive the tax credit.
Daily Energy Insider (6/22) 
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Management & Leadership
How silence can serve a leader's goals
Silence can help leaders emphasize their points during meetings and earn respect by allowing employees to think for themselves and take charge, Avery Blank writes. During negotiations, not speaking can potentially push the other party to fill the silence with valuable information.
Forbes (6/20) 
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What to do when you're worn out
The years can take the toll on your passion, and taking a break is one way to regain some of that enthusiasm and drive, writes Dan Black. After that, consider focusing on the positive differences you make in your employees' lives and what your purpose is in leadership.
Dan Black on Leadership (6/19) 
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UK plant finishes fuel element debris treatment
The Bradwell nuclear power station in the UK has completed the treatment of fuel element debris waste, a key step toward the plant's closure, Magnox said. The treatment reduces the site's radiological risk.
World Nuclear News (6/22) 
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Study begins for siting of Canadian IMSR
Terrestrial Energy started a feasibility study to find a location for the integral molten salt reactor at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' Chalk River site. This would be the first commercial IMSR at the site, and the companies plan to deploy it in the 2020s.
World Nuclear News (6/22) 
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