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February 12, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • Impartiality of NRC inspectors draws praise from Macfarlane
    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane lauded the impartiality of the agency's inspectors deployed at the country's 104 nuclear plants. "I was most impressed by the relationship or the lack of relationship I've been able to distinguish between the resident inspectors and the licensee. I often see the resident inspectors look physically uncomfortable in the presence of the licensee -- you know, arms folded," Macfarlane said. The Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, N.Y.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Entergy objects to some issues raised in Vermont Yankee hearings
    Entergy is seeking to limit the scope of issues the Vermont Public Service Board can review as part of the company's state permit request for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Queries about the plant's potential impact on tourism should be excluded, as they deal with nuclear safety, lawyers representing Entergy said. "If radiological safety is perceived to affect the Vermont brand by a population of whoever is being surveyed, or if it's perceived to affect tourism, then those consequences of safety are pre-empted from the board's consideration," said Sanford Weisburst, a lawyer for the company. Vermont Public Radio (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Spotlight 
  • N.C. students learn nuclear technology through class, work co-op
    Gaston College in North Carolina is training future nuclear energy workers under a program that began in autumn of 2011. Over the summer, the eight students in the program took part in a work co-op with Duke Energy's McGuire nuclear plant in the state or its Catawba nuclear plant in South Carolina. "It's very challenging. It was a lot I wasn't expecting," said student Drakko Allison. The Gaston Gazette (Gastonia, N.C.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Japan lawmaker calls for early decision on reactor restarts
    The Japanese government needs to decide early about whether to permit the restart of the country's nuclear plants, said Hiroyuki Hosoda, executive acting secretary general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party. If the units remain shut down, "the economy will eventually stall in terms of energy cost," Hosoda said. "It is needed to determine their resumption by securing their safety." The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: EDF's U.K. reactor project could be postponed
    A decision about the development of new reactors in the U.K. could be delayed further, as Electricite de France and the U.K. government won't likely reach a deal on a guaranteed power price for the reactors before summer, sources familiar with the matter said. EDF's reactor project requires such a deal because it would ensure future revenues from new power plants, the sources said. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--John Steinbeck,
American author

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