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January 9, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • Tenn. reactor reaches 97% of capacity
    The Tennessee Valley Authority on Tuesday ramped up production at the Sequoyah nuclear plant's 1,126-megawatt Unit 2 to 97% of capacity, from 56% on Monday. The reactor, 17 miles northeast of Chattanooga, Tenn., underwent refueling and maintenance that began in October. The increase in output resulted in power generation of 30,007 MW in the Southeast, the area's highest level since Aug. 22, 2011, according to Bloomberg. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court allows public hearing on nuclear plant's fire-safety exemption
    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revoked part of a district court decision regarding the exemption to fire-safety rules at Indian Point Unit 3 in New York. Plaintiffs said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not inform the public that it was considering an exemption, thereby violating a provision in the National Environmental Policy Act. The appeals court sided with the plaintiffs about having a public hearing but still allowed the NRC to clarify the issue. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brief fire triggers shutdown of South Texas reactor
    The South Texas Project plant was forced to temporarily shut down one of its two reactors after a fire ignited near the reactor's main transformer. Plant spokesman Buddy Eller said the fire was put out in 15 minutes and did not threaten any key components or cause any injuries. It has not been decided when the reactor will be restarted. San Antonio Express-News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Va. commission endorses uranium-mining plan
    The Virginia Coal and Energy Commission voted 11-2 to endorse a bill by state Sen. John Watkins that would establish regulations for the mining of uranium in the state. Under the proposal, extraction of the ore would in effect be limited to one company, Virginia Uranium, and to one site -- the 119-million-pound Coles Hill deposit, which is valued at $7 billion. The state General Assembly will make the final decision on the rules. CNBC/The Associated Press (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Ignore these career myths
    Getting a college degree doesn't guarantee you a job and following your passion won't ensure you can earn a living, Alison Green writes. "If you're passionate about poetry or painting, you're going to find very limited job opportunities for those things," she writes. "A better goal is to find work that you can do reasonably happily; it doesn't need to be your passion." U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Likeability can overcome missing qualifications
    If you lack professional experience, highlight your "soft" skills such an ability to work well in teams, this blogger writes. Hiring managers often choose those who they see as being able to "fit" into an organization and are likeable, the blogger writes. TheGrindstone.com (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today."
--E. Joseph Cossman,
American entrepreneur and inventor


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