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January 7, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • NEI backs NRC's schedule for used-fuel storage rule
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's timeline for developing a new rule for waste confidence is realistic, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. The agency hopes to complete the rule by September 2014, but several environmental groups said more time is needed to collect key data on the possible environmental effects of used-fuel storage. Maintaining the deadline is an "essential objective," as it affects final licensing decisions for reactor projects, NEI said. SNL Financial (free content) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court is urged to mandate resumption of Yucca Mountain review
    A federal court needs to immediately order the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume its study of the Department of Energy's license bid for the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada because Congress has failed to take action on the matter, according to petitioners that include South Carolina and Washington states and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. "The NRC's obligations to move forward on the license application ... should be enforced," according to an update from the petitioners. Platts (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. should restructure licensing process for nuclear tech exports
    The Obama administration needs to restructure licensing procedures for nuclear technology exports as they are too restrictive and complex and place U.S. suppliers at a competitive disadvantage, writes Mel Buckner, a retired program manager from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Such exports would spur economic growth and help generate up to 185,000 jobs with just a quarter of the global market share, he writes. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Indian Point provides safe, reliable energy
    The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York is safe and vital for the community, writes Jim Steets, communications director for Entergy Nuclear, in response to an op-ed by anti-nuclear advocate Gary Shaw. "Shaw complains that 'no energy producers or suppliers have been obligated to upgrade' their facilities since deregulation, yet Entergy has invested more than $1 billion upgrading Indian Point over the last 10 years. Moreover, while much of New York's downstate energy infrastructure struggled in response to Superstorm Sandy, Indian Point performed as designed," he writes. The Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, N.Y.) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • It's time for leaders to get real
    Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. "Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea," he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get personal to engage your team
    When John Bossong's 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: China resumes work on largest nuclear facility
    China has resumed construction of the Shidao Bay nuclear plant, which is the largest planned facility in the country, according to a media report. China postponed nuclear projects in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 6,600 megawatts, the report stated. Reuters (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lithuania eyes May decision for new nuclear energy, PM says
    Lithuania's decision about whether to build a new nuclear plant to lessen the country's reliance on Russian energy imports will come by mid-May, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said. "A working group has been formed to calculate the costs of achieving energy independence both with and without a nuclear plant," he said. Bloomberg (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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