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January 10, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • NRC members appear at odds about proposed safety rule for reactors
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission discussed a staff recommendation to require U.S. nuclear plants to upgrade their venting systems, and agency members seemed at odds over the issue. The proposed rule, which would entail the installation of external filters at plants with designs similar to that of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, would cost at least $16 million per reactor. "It is not an insubstantial investment that we are making," said Maria Korsnick, Constellation Energy's chief nuclear officer, referring to the overall industry safety enhancements at U.S. nuclear power plants since the Fukushima incident. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • County to discuss cooling-system plan for new Turkey Point reactors
    Commissioners from Miami-Dade County, Fla., will hold discussions today regarding Florida Power & Light's plan to install cooling systems for two proposed reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant in the county. Under the plan, FPL intends to consume as much as 90 million gallons of wastewater daily for cooling and establish a fleet of wells to extract groundwater from beneath Biscayne Bay for backup. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC proceeds with plan to enhance security at used-fuel sites
    A proposed rule by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to equip security officers stationed at used-fuel storage sites with high-capacity weapons, including machine guns, is moving forward, the agency said. "The proposed action could reduce the risk that public health will be affected by radiological releases because of the increased likelihood of a successful repulsion of an attack," the NRC said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exelon says it isn't considering shutting down any reactors
    Exelon has no plans to shut down any of its nuclear plants, said company spokesman Craig Nesbit. The company continues to invest in the facilities "to ensure that they operate safely and efficiently for as long as they practically can," he said. Exelon's fleet of reactors is "a low-cost and extremely competitive set of long-term assets, and we avoid shifting our long-term investment decisions based on short-term fluctuations in natural gas prices," Nesbit added. Platts (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Leadership 
  • Lessons from the "Intel Inside" campaign
    The "Intel Inside" labeling campaign turned Intel into a household name, helping the chipmaker become a billion-dollar brand, writes Gary Shapiro. Intel's marketing coup remains a useful case study. "[A] clever company can create something out of almost nothing by thinking outside the box," he writes. Fast Company online (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • An innovation lesson from the original "Star Trek"
    If you're putting together an innovation team, you might be tempted to fill it with people who view the world through the same highly logical lens used by the character Spock on the original "Star Trek," Jeffrey Phillips writes. But the truth is the most successful teams also include people who rely on emotions, such as Captain Kirk. This is because "[t]he world is far more unpredictable, capricious, fickle than Spock expects," Phillips explains. Innovate on Purpose (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NEI News 
  • NEI Video Explains FLEX Strategy to Respond to Extreme Events
    NEI released and posted to its YouTube site a new, five-minute video that explains the industry's comprehensive strategic approach that it's implementing nationwide to enhance nuclear plant safety in the face of extreme natural events. The high-definition video incorporates first-of-its kind footage of the deployment of new emergency response equipment at U.S. nuclear energy facilities. The video also features animation and interviews with industry leaders and technical staff discussing nuclear plant safety.

    The diverse and flexible (FLEX) response strategy developed by industry addresses the major challenges encountered at the Fukushima Daiichi power station following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami: the loss of power to maintain effective reactor fuel cooling. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Japan to raise oversight on Fukushima Daiichi cleanup contractors
    Japanese authorities will increase oversight on contractors cleaning up radioactive material at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, officials said. This comes after a newspaper reported that decontamination activities have been sloppy. Shinji Inoue, Japan's senior vice environment minister, traveled to Japan's Fukushima prefecture and apologized to residents after the report. The Business Times (Singapore) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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