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December 10, 2012
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Industry advances FLEX program for nuclear incidents
    The U.S. nuclear energy industry is expanding a program designed to meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's post-Fukushima Daiichi rules for facilities. Under the FLEX program, regional centers will be constructed in Phoenix and Memphis, Tenn., that could deliver additional emergency equipment to affected sites. "It became very clear in Japan that utilities became quickly overwhelmed," said Joe Pollock, the Nuclear Energy Institute's vice president for nuclear operations. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC panel seeks records related to Calif. plant's proposed restart
    Southern California Edison is to provide records that were withheld when it filed a restart proposal for one of the reactors at its San Onofre nuclear plant in California, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. Industry experts who helped SCE probe a steam-generator leak at the plant prepared the documents. SCE said it would "provide documents consistent with the order." ABC News/The Associated Press (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah to benefit from waste storage site in Texas, observers say
    The opening of Waste Control Specialists' radioactive waste storage site in Texas has eased pressure on Utah to allow EnergySolutions to accept higher-level material at its site in Tooele County, Utah, observers say. "It is a huge accomplishment nationally to have a new low-level waste site. Utah is no longer the sole focus of the waste universe," said Leonard Slosky, who runs a Denver-based waste-management group. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Smart leaders have a taste for low-hanging fruit
    Want to quickly improve your leadership? Focus on identifying and picking low-hanging fruit, suggests Scott Eblin. "Don't overcomplicate things. Look for behaviors that are relatively easy to do and remember and likely to make a difference in how others experience you as a leader," Eblin writes. Level Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan's reactors are safe after earthquake, IAEA says
    A magnitude-7.3 earthquake off the coast of Japan that triggered a small tsunami Friday caused no damage to the country's nuclear plants, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. "Nuclear power plants in the region nearest to the epicentre of the earthquake have reported to NRA that they have detected no trouble, and that no emergency measures have been activated," said Gill Tudor, a spokeswoman for the agency. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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