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January 20, 2012
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Vermont Yankee plant can continue to operate, judge rules
    Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear plant can continue to operate after its scheduled shutdown date this year, U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha ruled. The facility secured a 20-year license extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but Vermont objected to it, citing safety concerns. "The ruling is good news for our 600 employees, the environment and New England residents and industries that depend on clean, affordable, reliable power provided by Vermont Yankee," Entergy said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear energy is the environmental choice
    Nuclear power provides a good example of the role density plays in the preservation of the environment, writes Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Nuclear plants have high power density compared with other energy sources such as wind turbines because they generate an ample amount of electricity while needing less space. Power plants should have the smallest possible footprints, Bryce writes. The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Policymakers play key role in U.S. clean-energy push
    U.S. policymakers can do several things to help the country obtain roughly 80% of its electricity from low-carbon sources such as nuclear energy by 2035, according to the Bloomberg editorial board. Lawmakers can award power companies with loan guarantees to help them with the price of new reactors. A price on carbon emissions could also push utilities to shift from emissions-heavy coal to clean nuclear energy, the board argues. Bloomberg (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy Watch 
  • Va. governor seeks retention of state's uranium-mining ban
    Virginia should keep in place a ban on uranium mining this year as state officials conduct further studies on the potential effects of Virginia Uranium's excavation proposal in Southside Virginia, said Gov. Robert McDonnell. He said he would establish a task force to evaluate the site and draft policies for a potential new mining industry in the state. Patrick Wales, Virginia Uranium's project manager, welcomed McDonnell's decision, calling it "an important step toward establishing a regulatory framework that will enable our company to build and operate the safest uranium mine in the world right here in Virginia." The Washington Post (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • View your talent network as a community
    Developing "talent communities" via relationships is more valuable in the long run than passively relying on talent pools, Mindy Fineout writes. Talent pools often provide one-time solutions to immediate needs, while communities "create an environment in which people can collaborate, share resources, and help one another network," Fineout writes. The Seamless Workforce blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can outsourcing help drive innovation?
    Seventy percent of executives say outsourcing can be an important driver of innovation, according to a survey conducted by the Warwick Business School. "Firms need to be innovative by tapping into both internal and external knowledge," Ilan Oshri and Julia Kotlarsky write. "The external element can be provided by an outsourcing partner." InnovationManagement.se (Sweden) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International 
  • Official: Japan could have zero operational reactors by this summer
    Japan could have no reactors running when demand for electricity rises this summer, said Yukio Edano, the country's trade minister. Edano didn't commit to a schedule for the restart of the reactors. "If we make a decision [that we'll restart the reactors] first or if we try to come to a conclusion by a certain time, it means we aren't really checking safety and we really can't obtain understanding from the people," he said. The Wall Street Journal (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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