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February 4, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • FPL defends Fla. law on nuclear cost recovery
    A Florida law that allows utilities to recover costs for new reactor projects "should be celebrated," not repealed, said a Florida Power & Light executive. The Nuclear Cost Recovery Clause has helped boost power at FPL's existing facilities and is aiding the construction of two reactors, said Eric Silagy, the utility's president. "The project is already saving our customers millions of dollars on fuel every month and will save billions over its operational lifetime," said FPL spokesman Mark Bubriski. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC says Exelon underreported decommissioning funds
    Exelon underreported the money required for decommissioning its nuclear plants for four years, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The company faces "escalated enforcement action" for the errors, NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said. "We are not aware of any evidence supporting a conclusion that Exelon employees performed or condoned deliberate misconduct or intentionally violated regulatory requirements," said David Tillman, a spokesman for Exelon's power-generation unit. Bloomberg (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Letter: Boost employment through nuclear energy
    Nuclear energy has great potential for high-paying, well-trained workers, write Christine Todd Whitman, former Environmental Protection Agency chief, and Steven C. Bateman, mayor of Homestead, Fla. Many workers are retiring and need to be replaced, and nuclear plant construction could add jobs on top of that, they write. The Miami Herald (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear energy has an undeniable clean-energy role
    Clean-energy advocates are wrong to exaggerate the dangers associated with nuclear energy while downplaying the shortcomings of wind power, writes Norman Meadow, first vice president of the Maryland Conservation Council. Several academic studies have supported nuclear energy's safety and reliability, Meadow writes, and the relicensing of several of the country's nuclear plants shows that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acknowledges these traits. The Baltimore Sun (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Editorial: Staged approach for used-fuel storage is vital
    The federal government's plan for handling used nuclear fuel does not expect a geologic repository site to be built and opened for 35 years, and that's assuming there are locations that volunteer to be hosts, writes the editorial board of The Washington Post. "[C]onsumers financing a federal waste disposal fund through their electricity bills wonder what they've been paying for, and the federal government's financial liability for failing to collect the waste, already in the billions, continues to mount. The situation is safe enough, but it could be safer, and it's inexcusably expensive," the board writes. The Washington Post (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • 6 ways to lead like a mother lion
    On a trip to the Serengeti, Beth Armknecht Miller spotted a lioness caring for her cubs -- and showcasing some key skills every business leader needs. A lioness models good hunting techniques for her cubs, watches them carefully while allowing them space to fail, and rewards their successes. "One of the primary roles a leader has is to develop her team to their full potential. And on the plains of the Serengeti, eating and being aware of your surroundings are critical to survival," Miller writes. Great Leadership (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to tap talents you didn't know your workers had
    Managers who spend time getting to know their workers, who are more open to the initiatives that their workers suggest and who push people to take more responsibility for their projects may find those workers have skills they never knew existed, Laura Vanderkam writes. CBS MoneyWatch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan's NRA fires regulator over data leakage
    A senior Japanese nuclear official was sacked by the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority for leaking seismic data to a nuclear operator. Tetsuo Nayuki gave Japan Atomic Power a draft report on seismic faults under the company's Tsuruga facility before the report's scheduled release. The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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