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March 4, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Opinion: U.S. needs sound policy on used nuclear fuel
    A policy that ceased the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel in the U.S. should be replaced with one that acknowledges the merits of such a technique, writes Mel Buckner, a nuclear engineer and an adjunct professor in the University of South Carolina's nuclear program. There are more than 72,000 metric tons of used fuel stored on-site at the country's nuclear plants, which exceeds the figure the law permits to be kept in a single underground site. "So, unless there is a change in policy, we are going to need multiple repositories in this country to hold used fuel that already exists and used fuel that will be produced in the future," Buckner writes. The Washington Times (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC is urged to explain growing to-do list for Neb. plant's restart
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should explain why the Omaha Public Power District has received more tasks for the restart of its Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska, said Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. "It just seems like they get really close to being able to reopen and then, all of a sudden, they get these new lists," Terry said. "Why and how does that happen?" Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Policy Watch 
 
  • Sen. Wyden will seek Moniz's views about Wash. nuclear site cleanup
    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wants to determine the views of prospective energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz about the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state. Moniz served in the Clinton administration as undersecretary of energy. "He ... had a fair amount of involvement with respect to Hanford when he served in the government earlier, and we had some spirited discussions, let's put it that way," Wyden said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah Senate votes down nuclear energy bill
    A bill that would help in the development of Utah's first nuclear plant was voted down in the state Senate. The measure would allow utilities to charge customers for nuclear power and other higher-cost energy and permit them to get future project costs from ratepayers. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Management & Leadership 
 
  • 10 steps that CEOs can take to create leaders
    Top leaders should constantly try to improve themselves and should set similar standards for their organization's other senior managers, Dan McCarthy writes. "A CEO's behaviors are powerful -- they set the expectations for the rest of the management team, creating a trickle-down effect of leadership development," McCarthy writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  International 
  • Japan reports sharp drop in radiation around Fukushima plant
    Decontamination activities and rainfall may have contributed to a sharp drop in radiation levels in a nearly 50-mile radius around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, according to a government report. Radiation measurements taken Nov. 16 were 40% lower than those taken about a year earlier, the report showed. The Mainichi (Japan) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."
--Henri Frédéric Amiel,
Swiss philosopher, poet and critic


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