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March 1, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Georgia Power adjusts schedule for new Ga. reactors
    The two new reactors being developed at Plant Vogtle in Georgia are now expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. The units were anticipated to start up in April 2016 and April 2017. The adjustment in the timeline is "associated with the time required to obtain Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval of the plant design, the translation of the certified design into approved construction drawings, and the rate of production of certain structures comprising the nuclear island," the company said. Platts (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SMR advocate defends government-private partnerships for projects
    Proponents of small modular reactors defended the federal government's move to provide cost-sharing support for the projects. This comes after a budget watchdog group said that such technology is unproven and a waste of taxpayer money. "Without government support, it would be a much slower proposition, and my concern is time," said author Reese Palley. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC, SCE discuss restart plan for San Onofre
    Southern California Edison and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission met this week to address the utility's plan for the restart of the Unit 2 reactor of the San Onofre nuclear plant in California. SCE seeks to operate the facility at 70% capacity for five months, then shut it down to inspect steam generator tubes. The parties, however, are at odds about whether the proposal follows technical standards in the license for the unit. Reuters (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • NRC gets input from lawmakers over new nuclear safety rules
    Several Democratic House lawmakers criticized the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's timeframe to implement post-Fukushima Daiichi safety rules for U.S. nuclear plants. House Republican Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., said the time and expense of regulations must be considered. "We need to ensure that any additional regulatory costs are justified by real safety benefits," he said. The Hill/RegWatch blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Awards are a crude measure of creativity
    Two German advertising agencies have withdrawn from the awards ceremonies traditionally used to recognize the most successful creative work. That's because more precise metrics are available, making such ceremonies redundant, Werner Reinartz and Peter Saffert write. "Once the business world starts to realize this ... we'll find out a lot more about what types of creativity work best in what context. And then we can consign all those plaques and statuettes to the boxroom," they argue. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to run a company full of productive geniuses
    Good leadership is not only about unlocking your workers' talents, but managing them for the best cohesive performance, says John Peoples, vice president of global franchise marketing and innovation at Merck Consumer Care. The key, Peoples says, is "trying to find a unique perspective in each one of the people who make up the organization and figure out how all of those unique perspectives work together." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan PM pledges to authorize reactor restarts this year
    Japanese nuclear plants that pass stricter safety rules will be given the go-ahead to restart later in the year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Japan learned that tougher rules were necessary after the Fukushima Daiichi incident, and such standards will be implemented "without compromise," Abe said. The country will continue to find other means to lessen its nuclear energy reliance, he added. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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