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December 4, 2012
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Hillary Clinton endorses Westinghouse's bid for Czech project
    Westinghouse Electric's bid to construct new reactors at the Temelin nuclear plant in the Czech Republic was supported Monday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We are not shy about pressing the case for Westinghouse to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant because we believe that company offers the best option for the project in terms of technology and safety," Clinton said. About 9,000 American jobs will be generated if Westinghouse secures the contract, she added. IndustryWeek/Agence France-Presse (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Westinghouse is reaping benefits of federal advocacy program: Westinghouse Electric is benefiting from its application to the Department of Commerce's Advocacy Center, which allows federal officials to promote domestic firms to foreign officials to help them secure competitive bids. Just this week, the company's bid on the Czech Republic's $10 billion reactor project was endorsed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Westinghouse has sought advocacy on "many occasions and for various markets," said the company's vice president of government and international affairs, Jeanne Lopatto. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NARUC urges feds to address permanent radioactive-waste storage
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy and Congress should address the issue of permanent radioactive-waste storage "because our ratepayers are paying for it," said Philip Jones, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. "The 1 mill per kilowatt-hour fee has been accumulating large amounts of money that is not being used for the purpose of disposal of nuclear waste," he said. About $30 billion has been raised from the fee over the past three decades, according to NARUC. Platts (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TVA considers increasing safety margins for flooding in Tenn.
    The Tennessee Valley Authority is working on an updated strategy for worst-case flooding at its Tennessee nuclear plants, including raising the height of dams and earthen berms. The TVA in recent years has installed sand baskets to raise berm levels alongside some of the dams in the state, but those temporary measures aren't intended to last 100 years, said Mike Eiffe, TVA program manager for hydrology and hydraulics. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Leadership 
  • The cars that turn business leaders into road warriors
    Automakers are creating vehicles intended to serve as mobile offices, with built-in media hubs, Wi-Fi and other business-focused gadgets. The 2013 Bentley Mulsanne includes built-in video conferencing tools, drop-down iPad stations and a champagne chiller to help CEOs celebrate success. "People, when they're in the back of this car, they like to do business. ... They're not desperately interested in the scenery going by," says Kevin Rose of Bentley Worldwide. National Public Radio (text and audio)/All Tech Considered blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The CEO who started in a gang
    ViSalus Sciences CEO Ryan Blair is an ex-gang member who spent time in jail before finding his feet in the business world -- and he says the experience has made him a better boss. Among the lessons he learned: Don't let people take small liberties with you, or they'll decide you're a pushover. "The same thing goes on in business. ... You have to stand up for yourself and your principles," he says. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canada, India are nearing nuclear pact, official says
    Canada and India in the coming months will sign a nuclear cooperation pact, said Stewart Beck, Canadian high commissioner to India. "This will allow India to obtain uranium and heavy water reactors from Canada, which will help the country to develop nuclear power," he said. The Times of India (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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