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October 26, 2011
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  News Roundup 
  • Jaczko defends Japan's evacuation policy
    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko defended Japan's policy for selecting the areas that need to be evacuated indefinitely in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Critics say the 20 millisieverts annual-radiation-exposure figure is too high and could place children at risk. "You’re dealing with a statistical risk," Jaczko said. He said that his fear of damage to fuel rods in the used-fuel pool of Unit 4 -- one of the reasons he called for a 50-mile evacuation -- ended up being unfounded. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Japan Real Time blog (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • County leaders oppose calls to shut down Ohio nuclear plant
    Leaders of Ottawa County, Ohio, criticized calls to shut down FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse nuclear plant, saying it would affect the economy. This comes as FirstEnergy continues to probe a 30-foot crack in the plant's reactor building. "It's upsetting ... that they've not had any dialogue or firsthand knowledge to make those kind of accusations or calls," said Steve Arndt, county commissioner. WTOL-TV (Toledo, Ohio) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FPL plans to boost capacity of Fla. reactor by 122 megawatts
    Florida Power & Light plans to take its St. Lucie 1 reactor in Florida offline next month to boost its capacity by 122 megawatts, a state regulatory filing showed. The planned increase is part of FPL's nuclear uprate for its St. Lucie and Turkey Point reactors. Reuters (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ur-Energy clears key hurdle for Wyo. uranium project
    Ur-Energy has secured the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's approval for its Lost Creek uranium-mining project in the state. The company now only needs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's permit to proceed with the project. "Receiving the state permit to mine is a major step in Ur-Energy's progression to full mining operations at its Lost Creek deposit," said Wayne Heili, president and CEO of Ur-Energy. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Let employees reset before they start work
    Research shows that employees who start the day in a good mood are likely to carry that feeling throughout the day, leading to greater productivity, writes Nancy Rothbard of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Managers can help by allowing employees to socialize for a bit when they first arrive at work, which enables them to reset their mood. "Many organizations wrongly assume that employees dealing with things like stressful commutes or worrisome family problems can simply check their emotions at the door. Most can't," Rothbard writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Global nuclear plant operators support new safety recommendations
    Global nuclear-power operators have promised to support extensive nuclear-safety commitments, the World Association of Nuclear Operators said following a general assembly in China. "Reflecting the renewed commitment the industry has shown to nuclear safety in the aftermath of Fukushima, about 600 registered participants attended this year's meeting and pledged their support for the recommendations developed by the WANO post-Fukushima commission," WANO said. Platts (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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