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February 25, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • B&W, Westinghouse take active role in U.S. SMR development push
    Babcock & Wilcox and Westinghouse Electric are partnering for the development of small modular reactors in the U.S., observers say. B&W has teamed up with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bechtel for the construction and commercialization of the units. Westinghouse is constructing eight AP1000 reactors worldwide, and its know-how "will speed the Westinghouse SMR to market with less cost and better economics," said Kate Jackson, chief technology officer and senior vice president of research and technology. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Bipartisan efforts work for used-fuel storage solution in Congress
    Efforts to find a solution for permanent storage of used nuclear fuel have been revived in part due to economic and environmental concerns, as well as the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has said that used-fuel storage is a priority, and that he is working with ranking member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to find a "medium-term" storage site. In the House of Representatives, there is growing bipartisan support for a used-fuel storage solution, as used fuel is currently stored at active and retired facilities in many lawmakers' home states, observers said. National Journal (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  International 
  • China plays key role in global nuclear industry, expert says
    The Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan hasn't stopped China from developing nuclear energy, though the incident prompted the country to freeze new project approvals, observers say. China is now building 29 reactors, which represents 40% of the worldwide total. "China is now one of the most important countries, if not the most important country, in the global nuclear industry," said Antony Froggatt, a senior research fellow at Chatham House. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Korea to pursue nuclear energy exports
    The South Korean government is expected to push for nuclear energy exports to spur economic growth and generate jobs, according to authorities. "It is the right timing to strengthen the support of reactor exports as some of governments in the world consider resuming nuclear power plant construction to secure a stable and efficient electricity supply channel," an official with the country's Ministry of Knowledge Economy said. The Korea Herald (Seoul) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is wonderful how much news there is when people write every other day; if they wait for a month, there is nothing that seems worth telling."
--Anna Masterton Buchan,
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