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January 25, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Former EPA administrator tours Fla. nuclear plant
    Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and local officials toured Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear plant Wednesday and were told about the facility's security measures and environmental benefits. In the plant's simulation room, Whitman pressed the shutdown button and saw the redundant systems designed to avoid a situation like the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Mayor Steve Bateman of nearby Homestead, Fla., told Whitman, "The positive economic impact goes without saying. We couldn't ask for a better neighbor and partner. They are very much a member of the community." News-Leader (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plant Vogtle reactor vessel head arrives at site
    The reactor vessel head for the Unit 3 reactor of Southern Nuclear's Plant Vogtle in Georgia has arrived at the site, the company announced. The 160-ton component will be attached to the larger reactor vessel body. The parts were manufactured in South Korea and delivered to the Port of Savannah. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Rep. Shimkus pushes for Nev. repository in waste bill
    Congress won't approve a plan for interim storage sites for used nuclear fuel unless it includes the next steps for the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada, said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., a staunch supporter of the project. Shimkus believes lawmakers still support Yucca Mountain. "I think if the senators were given freedom to cast a vote, you would be shocked at the support to keep moving forward" with Yucca Mountain, he said. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Congratulations, new CEO: Time to get your team on board
    Leadership transitions can be tense and unsettling times for all concerned, writes Molding Box CEO Jordan Guernsey. It's important for new CEOs to communicate effectively and to stay focused on institutional priorities during the handover period, Guernsey writes. "Ultimately, it is up to the new leader to plant the seeds and cultivate the continued growth of the organization," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Real innovators welcome failed experiments
    The most innovative companies are great at experimenting and are able to learn even from trials and test-runs that go horribly wrong, writes Tim Kastelle. "[T]here's no point in testing ideas ... if you don't learn from the ones that fail," he explains. Innovation For Growth blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International 
  • Japan's 2 operating reactors to shut down for maintenance
    Kansai Electric Power will take its Ohi reactors in Japan offline for maintenance in September, which may leave the country without any active reactors for the second time since the Fukushima Daiichi incident. The shutdown of the units could also force Japan to increase fossil fuel imports for electricity generation, observers say. Reuters (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy law could curb nuclear reliance in France
    France's reliance on nuclear energy could be reduced under an energy bill the government will introduce in October, according to the country's environment ministry. President Francois Hollande earlier vowed to reduce the country's dependence on the energy source to 50% by about 2025. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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