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February 18, 2013
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  • Nuclear plant's shutdown raises tax-revenue concerns in Fla. county
    Some officials and business owners in Florida's Citrus County are expressing frustration over Duke Energy's decision to shut down its Crystal River nuclear plant. "It put us in a very difficult position," said Joe Meek, chairman of the county commissioners. "We're a community of 142,000 people. A business that pays 26 percent of our tax base will have a major impact when they don't pay that." National Public Radio (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fertel: Industry is implementing post-Fukushima safety reforms
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is still reviewing post-Fukushima Daiichi safety upgrades, but the industry is already implementing reforms, including installing more portable emergency safety equipment, said Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Fertel says nuclear energy's prospects remain robust despite little growth in power demand and weak natural gas prices. SNL Financial (free content) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. nuclear plant resumes operations after winter storm
    Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts returned to service Friday night after a winter storm knocked out off-site power to the facility, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. "Our resident inspectors assigned to Pilgrim kept close tabs on the loss of off-site power throughout the storm and afterwards. ... They did not identify any immediate safety concerns," said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Want fewer leaks? Stop keeping secrets, says LinkedIn CEO
    Companies that suffer from leaks typically owe their problems to a culture of secrecy, says LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Hiding information from curious employees inspires them to look for it, and that's the first step toward leaks, Weiner explains. "I've come to learn there is a virtuous cycle to transparency and a very vicious cycle of obfuscation," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leaders make or break innovation
    There's no such thing as fire-and-forget innovation, writes Scott Anthony. Leaders can't just get innovation projects up and running -- they need to remain involved and champion the work being done. "Innovation is enough of an unnatural act in most companies ... that it requires the day-by-day attention of the company's top leadership team or it simply won't stick," Anthony warns. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan needs nuclear to keep energy independence, observers say
    Nuclear has become an integral part of Japan's energy mix, and moving away from it would hurt consumers, observers say. Anti-nuclear sentiments in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident could make Japan reliant on imported liquefied natural gas. "You have to pay a lot ... for LNG imports. If something happens in the Strait of Hormuz today ... oh, I don't want to think about it," said Hirohide Hirai, director of policy evaluation and public relations at the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry. National Journal (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Decontamination robot is unveiled at Fukushima plant
    Toshiba and the Japanese government have introduced a robot that will help in decontamination activities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Officials hope the robot, which is designed to clean ceilings, walls and ground-level floors of the plant's reactors, will decrease radiation levels enough to allow entry into the facility. The Mainichi (Japan) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E.ON sells shares in Finnish nuclear consortium
    E.ON has sold its 34% stake in Finnish nuclear power consortium Fennovoima to Voimaosakeyhtioe for an undisclosed amount. Fennovoima, which is seeking to construct a nuclear plant in Finland, said it may invite a reactor supplier to join the project. "The project continues as planned," said Fennovoima Chairman Pekka Ottavainen. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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