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December 5, 2012
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  News Roundup 
  • U.S. stands to benefit from MOX project, Shaw exec says
    The U.S. government's mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility under construction in South Carolina, which is designed to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium to fuel for commercial reactors, shows the country's commitment to nonproliferation, said Kelly Trice, president and chief operating officer of Shaw Areva MOX Services. The MOX project will also support the Department of Energy's efforts to cut surplus plutonium storage and security costs while producing clean energy, Trice said. Power Magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former EPA head makes case for nuclear in U.S. future energy mix
    The U.S. needs nuclear power in its future energy mix, said Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and now co-chairman of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition. "It's not a silver bullet, it's not the answer, not the only answer, but it should be part of the mix," she said. "The problems should not stop us from considering this as we go forward." The Telegraph (Nashua, N.H.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Idaho may need reforms to nuclear agreement with U.S.
    Idaho might need to accept modifications to its 1995 radioactive waste cleanup pact with the U.S. government so the Idaho National Laboratory can receive new nuclear materials, according to a report from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission. Under the agreement, the Department of Energy must remove all of the state's high-level waste and used nuclear fuel by 2035. INL's status as the nation's lead nuclear energy laboratory may be jeopardized unless shipments of material to the state continue, according to the report. Associated Press (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC: Concrete issues at N.H. plant don't pose safety risk
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found no immediate health and safety risks associated with the concrete wear at NextEra Energy's Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. The company, however, needs to study the possible implications of the concrete issue and develop a repair plan, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said. NextEra discovered the below-grade degradation in June 2009 and said it was caused by alkali silica reaction. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Lift the Va. uranium mining ban while guarding public health
    Virginia lawmakers should seriously consider lifting the ban on uranium mining in the state, but they should make sure a plan is in place to guard public safety, writes the editorial board of The Washington Post. "[L]awmakers' best option is to lift the moratorium while ensuring all the caution mining advocates say they favor. That means requiring a complete plan, from permitting to cleaning up the site, decades of monitoring, and directives premised on the notion that environmental disturbances should be as minimal as reasonably achievable, not just up to basic requirements," the editorial board writes. The Washington Post (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Innovation is going global
    Innovation is increasingly a global force, and companies need to build global information networks and innovation partnerships, appoint managers with international worldviews, and develop systems for managing global projects, argue Yves Doz and Keeley Wilson in this book excerpt. "Companies that don't embrace this change and the opportunities it affords will find the twenty-first century a difficult place in which to compete," Doz and Wilson write. Fast Company online (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Let's party -- but not too hard, CEOs say
    Nine out of 10 companies plan to throw a holiday party this year, the most since the recession hit and up from less than 75% last year, according to a Battalia Winston survey. Still, many parties will be low-key, low-budget affairs, with almost half held at lunchtime rather than in the evening. "You can't be Scrooge forever," says Battalia Winston CEO Dale Winston. "It's not that business is booming; it's just that [firms] don't want to keep skimming everything down." The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Two of EDF's U.K. reactors get life extensions
    The operating lives of EDF Energy's Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B reactors in the U.K. will be extended by seven years, the company said. The facilities were scheduled to shut down in 2016, and the extension will allow them to operate until 2023. BBC (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enel leaves nuclear energy partnership with EDF
    Italy's Enel has opted out of its nuclear energy partnership with Electricite de France after Italy's referendum against nuclear power last year. The partnership covers the Flamanville reactor project and five other European Pressurized Reactor ventures in France. Enel will receive about $800 million plus accrued interests for its 12.5% interest in the partnership. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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