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January 3, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • PFS exec cites costs for termination of Utah used-fuel license
    Economics was the primary reason behind Private Fuel Storage's request to terminate its license for the development of a storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Utah, said Robert Palmberg, chairman of the company's board. PFS was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to maintain the license, he said. There were also "political hurdles" involved in its decision, but there were no "technical flaws," Palmberg added. Platts (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds to address delays, budget concerns at S.C. processing plant
    A salt-waste processing facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina is only 65% complete and is over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars. The plant, designed for high-level waste from U.S. defense programs, had originally been projected to be finished in 2009 but encountered delays with the design and types of materials required. "We now have to address the cost increase, as well as the schedule delays, and get a viable baseline together for what it is going to take to complete this facility," said Zack Smith, the Department of Energy's deputy manager at the Savannah River Site. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EIA predicts sluggish energy-demand increase through 2040
    Electricity demand will increase by only 0.7% for residential users and 0.6% for industrial users through 2040, according to the Energy Information Administration. The weak increase is attributed in part to the economy, as well as the slowing of the U.S. manufacturing sector and the push for more energy-efficient appliances. Some nuclear energy producers are choosing to cut investments in expansion programs as a result. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Senate confirms Ala. lawyer to TVA board
    Huntsville, Ala., lawyer Joe Ritch has secured the Senate's confirmation to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority's board. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., welcomed the confirmation. "In my discussions with Joe and the other TVA nominees, I urged them to support the completion of the Bellefonte nuclear power plant at Scottsboro, which will promote economic development, and to work aggressively to contain the power rates that fall on the citizens of the TVA region," Sessions said. (Alabama) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • What should your New Year's resolutions be?
    It's a good time to try to become a better boss, but where should you start? The Wall Street Journal's panel of experts recommends taking professional development seriously, learning how to influence those around you and getting serious about organizing your to-do list. "If all you do is make lists of the projects you need to finish, odds are good that they will remain unfinished far longer than you'd like," writes Heidi Grant Halvorson. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Where Nokia went wrong
    Nokia has been eclipsed by Apple and Samsung, and it only has itself to blame, industry analysts say. The company foresaw the rise of smartphones but lacked the decisive leadership needed to move beyond lucrative feature phones and implement a future-proof business strategy. "Nokia repeatedly saw the future and adopted a strategy to seize the opportunity but failed to execute," says analyst Ian Fogg. TechCrunch (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NNSA experts hold emergency-preparedness courses in Taiwan
    Experts from the National Nuclear Security Administration held emergency-preparedness courses in Taiwan late last month designed to aid responders and other government agencies in the country. "This training continues to demonstrate NNSA's commitment to the international community by emphasizing the importance of emergency response," said Joseph Krol, NNSA associate administrator for emergency operations. Government Security News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iran seeks to begin nuclear discussions with world powers soon
    Iran hopes to start discussions about its nuclear energy program with six world powers soon, said Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran's national security council. The U.S., France, Russia, Germany, China and the U.K. want to curtail Iran's uranium enrichment program via a mix of sanctions and diplomacy to guarantee that it is used solely for civilian purposes. "We gave our proposal to Russia and they expressed their readiness for a restart of the talks. We welcome them," Jalili said. Reuters (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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