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December 31, 2012
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Tests related to San Onofre plant remain valid, MHI says
    Tests conducted by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to determine a repair program for the steam generators at Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear plant in California weren't compromised, MHI said. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found two issues related to the model generators when it inspected Mitsubishi test facilities in Japan in October. "Based on our internal investigation and corrective action programs, we determined that these items had no adverse effect on the accuracy of any test results," the company said. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC to receive public input about Ga. reactor project
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a Jan. 9 public hearing in Georgia to address oversight and inspection procedures associated with the expansion of Plant Vogtle. "We hope people who live near the plant site or have an interest in the process will come out to give us their feedback on our overall process for ensuring the safety of the new units," said Fred Brown, deputy administrator of construction for NRC Region II. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Leadership lessons from Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at age 78. The four-star general's philosophy of leadership stressed the importance of humility, hard work and moral fortitude. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy," he once said. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How employee freedom can help your business
    Granting your workers some degree of independence might be good for your business, according to researchers at Cornell University. You can get started by allowing your employees to make choices and by abandoning the idea of the 40-hour workweek, Jan Fletcher writes. It's also important to make sure your employees aren't bullying one another. "Nothing can diminish a sense of autonomy quicker than an overbearing boss or a tyrannical co-worker," she writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International 
  • Japanese media get first look at Hamaoka plant's tsunami barrier
    Chubu Electric Power unveiled the top portion of a steel-plate tsunami barrier at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in Japan. According to estimates from Japanese regulators, tsunamis as high as 19 meters are possible at the site in the event of a major earthquake. Chubu said it could finish the barrier's construction in December 2013. The Mainichi (Japan) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty."
--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar


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