Ill. plant hires 1,800 more workers for refueling | Md. reactor comes back online | Reactor shuts down after turbine issue detected in Ala.
March 20, 2018
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Ill. plant hires 1,800 more workers for refueling
Exelon Generation's Quad Cities nuclear power plant in Illinois has taken Unit 2 offline for refueling and has hired 1,800 additional workers during the outage. "The work performed during the outage will help us run safely and reliably for another two years, during the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights," said Ken Ohr, site vice president.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (3/19) 
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MIT Nuclear Plant Safety Course June 11-15,2018
This one-week professional course is conducting its 52nd offering at MIT. It is designed for degree holding engineers and scientists with knowledge of nuclear technology. It examines safety and regulatory aspects of nuclear reactors principally in the U.S. and also in other countries. Register Here.
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Md. reactor comes back online
Unit 1 at Exelon Generation's Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland returned to full power, concluding a refueling outage. Besides performing routine maintenance, operators also installed a new high-pressure turbine on the non-nuclear side of the plant.
Southern Maryland Newspapers Online (tiered subscription model) (3/19) 
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Reactor shuts down after turbine issue detected in Ala.
Unit 1 at Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama shut down automatically Sunday when safety systems identified an issue with the main turbine control logic. The problem is located on the non-nuclear side of the reactor and there is no public safety risk.
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (3/19) 
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Management & Leadership
Turn to your team to improve your leadership
One way to better focus your business and strategic efforts is to ask employees how current efforts are going and what you can do better to help them succeed, writes Art Petty. Another way to bring in feedback is by developing a leadership charter that clearly states how you will lead others.
Art Petty (3/17) 
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The best feedback focuses on the future
Feedback should look to help someone learn going forward and not simply be a list of criticisms, writes Shubha Apte. "Feedback can work wonders for continuous development and is often considered a gift for improvement," she writes.
Lead Change (3/19) 
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Japan to use supercomputer to study nuclear fusion
Japan's National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology is installing a Cray XC50 supercomputer in one of its centers for local nuclear fusion research and to support the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. It will be the most powerful supercomputer used in nuclear fusion research.
The Verge (3/19) 
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Uzbekistan reactor receives recommendations from IAEA mission
A mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency reviewed the WWR-SM research reactor in Uzbekistan and recommended ways to improve operation and maintenance. Among the suggestions were implementing an aging management program and an integrated management system.
World Nuclear News (3/19) 
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Ukraine company wants to increase power prices to pay for nuclear fuel
Ukraine's Energoatom is facing problems covering the cost of fuel to produce nuclear power after regulations changing the way electricity prices are set went into effect. The company's head executive has asked regulators to allow Energoatom to raise prices for power so the company can pay for nuclear fuel and keep plants running safely.
World Nuclear News (3/19) 
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