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March 14, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • Vogtle facility expansion begins concrete pouring
    The foundation of Southern Co.'s new reactor at its Plant Vogtle facility in Georgia has begun being poured, the company said. The pour of specially designed basemat concrete began Tuesday and will take about 50 hours to complete. The expansion project at South Carolina Electric & Gas' V.C. Summer plant completed its concrete pouring just three days earlier. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: SRS could be suitable for used fuel storage facility
    The Savannah River Site in South Carolina could be a suitable location for a consolidated used nuclear fuel storage plant and a fuel reprocessing facility, according to the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization. SRS could start with used fuel stored at plants in Georgia and South Carolina and could expand to hold the rest of the 22,000 metric tons of used fuel in the Southeast, the report said. Platts (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. nuclear plant to shut down in May, Dominion says
    Dominion Resources' Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin will shut down on May 7, the company said. Dominion said in October that it would close the facility after it was unable to find a buyer. "[T]he existing decommissioning trust funds for KPS are adequate to fund estimated license termination (radiological decommissioning), spent fuel management, and site restoration costs," Dominion said. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear power plays key role in Fla.'s energy future
    Florida needs a balanced approach to energy production that includes nuclear power, writes Julio Fuentes, president of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Nuclear is one of the cleanest sources of energy as it doesn't emit greenhouse gases. The development and operation of reactors could also generate thousands of jobs for the state, Fuentes writes. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy Watch 
  • Experts note struggle in amending U.S.-South Korea nuclear pact
    The U.S. and South Korea are working to reach a deal amending their civil nuclear cooperation pact, set to expire in March 2014, experts say. The countries might choose to temporarily extend the current deal, which is risky, said Fred McGoldrick, a former U.S. government official. "Given the strong differences of views between [South Korea] and the U.S. over enrichment and reprocessing, it will be a monumental challenge to reach agreement on a text and submit it to their respective legislatures for review and approval before the March 2014 expiration date," he said. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • The CEO sets the tone for employee communication
    Poor grammar, misspellings and punctuation mistakes in professional communications can damage your reputation, say Brenda Greene and Helen Cunningham, authors of "The Business Style Handbook." Strong writing skills are critical across all professions and all pay levels, they note. "That standard being set by the CEO should be adhered to by everyone in that organization," Cunningham said. USA Today (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Covidien CEO: How to make crucial decisions
    Businesses must know their key challenges, Covidien CEO Jose Almeida says in this video interview. "The ability to test and learn is key. ... So, do your homework, prepare, look around the corner and understand where you're going, but test and learn. As you test and learn, then you can go big." The Wall Street Journal (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International 
  • Report: TEPCO unintentionally misled about Fukushima conditions
    Tokyo Electric Power blocked a key equipment study and misled investigators about conditions inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's Unit 1 reactor, according to an independent panel. A TEPCO official apparently misunderstood the situation at the reactor, and the company had no intention of concealing equipment. "The explanation he provided did include false information. That, as a result, caused the parliamentary investigation team to give up part of its inspection, and we find it unforgivable," said Yasuhisa Tanaka, a lawyer who headed the panel. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cameco starts deliveries of uranium to China
    Cameco has commenced uranium shipments to China, the company announced. The Canadian-based firm in 2010 forged deals to supply 23 million pounds of uranium concentrate to China National Nuclear through 2020 and 29 million pounds of uranium concentrate to China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding through 2025. Reuters (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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