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December 11, 2012
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  News Roundup 
  • FPL exec touts benefits of Fla. nuclear cost recovery law
    Florida's nuclear cost recovery policy has allowed Florida Power & Light to provide clean and efficient power while keeping its customers' energy bills low, writes Michael Waldron, the company's director of nuclear communication. Because of the law's provisions, he writes, FPL has been able to upgrade its reactor fleet and add more than 500 megawatts of power generation that doesn't emit greenhouse gases. These upgrade projects in turn will lead to billions of dollars in savings for the utility's customers, he writes. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.M. energy alliance boosts efforts on used nuclear fuel storage
    The Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance in New Mexico is ramping up efforts to be picked as one of the communities to host a storage site for the country's stockpile of used nuclear fuel. The alliance has joined forces with Areva to get a competitive boost, acquired land and developed a Web page. Matt White, mayor of Eunice, N.M., said his town is aggressively lobbying for the project. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASLB seeks Entergy's input about underground pipes at N.Y. plant
    Three federal judges on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board asked about Entergy's management of underground pipes at its Indian Point nuclear plant in New York during a hearing regarding the facility's relicensing. The judges' recommendation will be considered when the NRC makes a ruling on the application. "Entergy's testimony provides reasonable assurance that [Indian Point's] buried piping will adequately perform its intended function" during the next 20 years, the company said in a statement. The Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, N.Y.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Leadership 
  • How to lead like a Zen master
    When someone presents you with an idea, you should take a deep breath and wait 24 seconds before letting yourself criticize it, Cue Ball CEO Tony Tjan says. If you can manage 24 seconds, then try 24 minutes. "Then if you become a Zen master of optimism, you could wait a day and spend that time thinking about why something actually might work," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How tech firms are reinventing recruiting
    Technology firms in California are bringing innovation to recruiting with interview processes that apply mathematical formulas to worker productivity and corporate culture, and by buying entire companies in order to acquire talent, observers say. "You have to think of more creative solutions for the process. It's not just about bringing people in for an interview anymore," says Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, a cloud-based file-storage system. San Francisco Chronicle (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fukushima landscape looks more normal, SRNL researcher says
    The landscape at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is "looking more normal," said Jeff Griffin, associate director for environmental stewardship at Savannah River National Laboratory, which is assisting Tokyo Electric Power in its cleanup operations. Access is slowly being restored at the site, but some areas remain off-limits because of their radioactivity, Griffin said. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India, Ukraine sign nuclear safety deal
    India and Ukraine have signed an agreement to collaborate on nuclear safety and radiation protection. "The unfortunate Chernobyl accident has given Ukraine valuable insight and knowledge in dealing with this critical issue," said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Economic Times (India) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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