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March 12, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Energy Dept. seeks more SMR project grant requests
    The Department of Energy announced that it is seeking additional proposals for small modular reactor projects following its selection of a Babcock & Wilcox-led consortium last year. Ameren Missouri, which was an original applicant for the funding grant, may participate in the next round of funding. Company officials, however, said they haven't completely assessed the department's announcement. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC denies UniStar's application for Md. reactor project
    UniStar's appeal of a decision blocking it from pursuing construction of a third Calvert Cliffs reactor in Maryland was rejected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Atomic Energy Act and NRC rules bar foreign-controlled firms from holding majority shares in U.S. reactors, the agency said in explaining its decision. UniStar, however, could amend its application should it find a U.S.-based partner. Reuters (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear energy is getting support from environmentalists
    Some prominent environmentalists, including Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and Breakthrough Institute founders Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, have accepted the crucial role nuclear energy plays in fighting climate change, writes Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. It remains unclear whether Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and other green groups can be convinced to drop their anti-nuclear stances, but it is encouraging that some from their ranks have appreciated nuclear power's benefits, Bryce writes. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Opinion: MOX project is key in increasing safety
    The National Nuclear Security Administration's mixed-oxide fuel project shouldn't encounter any delays, as it plays a key role in the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, which could be used in nuclear terrorism, writes Slade Gorton, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a former U.S. senator and a member of the 9/11 commission. The U.S. also needs to work on renewing its Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement with Russia, which allows uranium from Russia's nuclear weaponry to be used as commercial fuel for U.S. reactors, Gorton adds. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • 6 mistakes that can sour a strategic plan
    Successful strategic planning isn't waylaid by tactical and operational issues, writes Mel Lester, who cites a McKinsey survey that found more than half of executives were unhappy with how their company undertook strategy planning. Common mistakes that can derail the process include a lack of fresh ideas, too many action items and a failure to assemble teams optimally, he writes. E-Quip blog (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 ways to avoid JC Penney's "experience blind spot"
    J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson is an example of a leader whose past success blinds him to the need to adapt strategy to circumstance, Steven Snyder writes. Leaders need to check their hubris, learn what's different in their new roles and assess what's actually happening at the company, Snyder writes. CNNMoney/Fortune (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International 
  • J-Power resumes Oma reactor project after Fukushima incident
    J-Power's decision to resume the construction of its Oma nuclear plant in Japan shows that nuclear energy is once more gaining ground there following the Fukushima Daiichi incident, observers say. However, some experts say J-Power's move is risky because most Japanese people remain opposed to the country's long-term reliance on the energy source. The Washington Post (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WNA: Global industry is going strong 2 years after Fukushima
    The global nuclear industry wasn't largely affected by the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan, Jeremy Gordon, the World Nuclear Association's director for current affairs, said two years after the incident. "With Russia going strong, India planning a lot of new builds, and China back on the ball, in five years nuclear construction might be growing as fast as it was back in the 1970s," Gordon said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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