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February 1, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Appeals court is urged to revive case on waste-fee collection
    The Nuclear Energy Institute and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners want a federal appeals court to reopen its review of a lawsuit against the Department of Energy's collection of a fee from nuclear utility customers for the management of the country's radioactive waste. This comes after the department filed a report to justify the fee collection. The department "has based its conclusion to continue to collect the Nuclear Waste Fee, unabated, on a plan that has not been, and may never be, authorized and implemented by Congress," NEI and NARUC said in a motion. Platts (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC upholds panel's decision on safety-rule hearing
    The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's rejection of Pilgrim Watch's petition for a hearing was upheld by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The group claimed that the NRC's post-Fukushima Daiichi standards for venting systems at nuclear plants were insufficient and requested a hearing on the matter. The ASLB, however, ruled that such mandates "are not open to challenge in an adjudicatory proceeding." Global Security Newswire (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FPL president: State law has helped fund cost-saving upgrades
    Florida Power & Light President Eric Silagy said a state law allowing utilities to recover the costs of upgrading nuclear plants from customers benefits the state. The law, enacted in 2006, has allowed for upgrades that have saved millions of dollars, because it has kept utilities from increasing fuel purchases at other facilities. Florida's law "should be celebrated, not repealed, because it's worked," Silagy said. Sunshine State News (Fla.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Support for nuclear law appears to weaken in Fla. Legislature
    Lawmaker support for a law allowing Florida utilities to recover from their customers the costs of building nuclear plants is weakening in the state Legislature, observers said. House Speaker Will Weatherford said the policy failed to produce the promising results expected when it was approved in 2006. "There have been some unexpected things that took place. The cost of natural gas has plummeted -- not a bad thing. We had the situation in Japan. We also had an economic downturn. So what looked like a great idea in 2006, in hindsight, may not have been," he said. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How leaders can be better sellers
    Every leader is a salesperson at heart, spending their days pitching ideas, deals and products to potential customers, employees, suppliers, corporate partners and the board, writes Daniel Pink. To carry out that role successfully, it pays to strike a balance between introversion and extroversion. The best bosses are those "who can talk smoothly but also listen keenly, who know when to turn on the charm but also when to turn it off, who combine the extrovert's assertiveness with the introvert's quiet confidence," Pink writes. The Washington Post (1/28), The Washington Post (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Could your team survive a "weather bomb"?
    In 1998, a small craft called the AFR Midnight Rambler defeated larger and better-equipped rivals to win the punishing Sydney to Hobart race. The boat's crew succeeded by heading straight into a storm that its rivals refused to face, and betting on their ability to recover swiftly and efficiently from anything nature threw at them, writes Dennis N. T. Perkins. "Successful teams are able to put the pieces back together and then calmly push as hard as they can," Perkins writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Japan's NRA approves tough safety rules for nuclear plants
    Secondary control centers must be developed at least 100 meters from Japan's nuclear plants under new standards cleared by the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority. The centers would allow the management of radiation filter vents and emergency cooling systems. "Some plants may have to undergo large reconstruction" to meet such requirements, said Tomoko Murakami, an analyst at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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