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December 27, 2012
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  News Roundup 
  • NRC panel to hear from tribe on Minn. nuclear plant's extension
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will consider some of the concerns raised by the Prairie Island Indian Community about Xcel Energy's request to extend its used nuclear fuel storage license at its Prairie Island nuclear plant in Minnesota for 40 years. "We are dealing with regulations that were established 30 years ago for what everybody thought would be 10 to 20 years of storage," said Phil Mahowald, the community's general counsel. Xcel reiterated its interest in "holding the federal government accountable for removing used nuclear fuel from the plant site." Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC seeks more info about San Onofre's steam generators
    Southern California Edison needs to provide further analysis about the damaged steam generators at its San Onofre nuclear plant in California, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said, as the agency considers the utility's request to restart one of the facility's reactors. The plant must guarantee that the tubes in the generator retain "structural integrity" during "the full range of normal operating conditions," the NRC said. SCE said it would supply the requested data. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Associated Press (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Leadership 
  • Leadership versus logorrhea
    As CEO of industrial-equipment manufacturer Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman emphasizes the American "crisis of leadership" and gives speeches touting his own, more caring and people-focused approach to leadership. That's ultimately just "saccharine prattle," writes Michael Hiltzik, as evidenced by Chapman's willingness to abruptly lay off workers and shutter a plant in Southern California to take advantage of tax breaks in Ohio. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan panel maintains finding about faults under nuclear plant
    A panel of Japanese nuclear regulators maintained an earlier finding that there are active faults underneath Tohoku Electric Power's Higashidori nuclear plant in northern Japan. During a meeting Wednesday, utility officials defended their claim that the faults are inactive, but it wasn't enough to convince regulators. "There were no facts that made us correct the recognition we reached earlier," said Kunihiko Shimazaki, the panel's head and a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan PM lays out energy policy plan
    The new Japanese government intends to decide within three years which nuclear reactors can restart and to map out the country's future energy mix within 10 years, Shinzo Abe said in his first news conference as prime minister. Abe said he expects Japan's nuclear regulator to establish "strict" safety rules that would be the basis for the restart of the units. The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russia to sign $500M nuclear pact with Bangladesh in January
    Russia will sign a $500 million pact with Bangladesh next month to finalize the predevelopment phase of a nuclear construction project at Rooppur, Bangladesh. "Shifting from its previous stance of 4.5% interest rate, the Russian side has agreed that the rate would not be more than 3%. They have also agreed to provide 90% of the total cost of the nuke plant," said Yeafesh Osman, Bangladesh's state minister for science and technology. The Daily Star (Bangladesh) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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