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February 7, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • TVA submits license extension for Tenn. nuclear plant
    The Tennessee Valley Authority has applied to extend the license of its Sequoyah nuclear plant in Tennessee, the utility announced. "By applying for a 20-year extension of our current operating license now, we are affirming to the NRC that our plant is safe and in solid material condition," said Preston Swafford, TVA's chief nuclear officer. About $23 million would be spent in the license-extension process, TVA said. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. agrees to pay Maine Yankee for used-fuel storage
    Per a court decision, the federal government has paid $81.7 million to Maine Yankee Atomic Power for the government's failure to remove 550 metric tons of used nuclear fuel from the company's decommissioned facility in Wiscasset, Maine. The payment compensates the utility for storage costs between 1998 and 2002, spokesman Eric Howes said. The utility, along with Yankee Atomic Electric and Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power, originally filed suit in 1998. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Crystal River could mark changes in energy market, experts say
    Duke Energy's decision to shut down its Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida could theoretically be followed by other plant closings, observers say. "It is a tough economic environment in the electricity market due to the glut of natural gas, particularly for those that operate in a deregulated environment," said Tony Pietrangelo, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • House requires Yucca to be part of waste bill, Rep. Shimkus says
    The House of Representatives won't pass a Senate bill addressing radioactive waste management that doesn't classify the Yucca Mountain project in Nevada as a permanent repository, said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., at an event co-hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute. Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the site was named as the country's permanent storage location for the material, he said. "Read my lips -- Yucca Mountain is the law of the land," Shimkus said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.C. lawmakers make case for funding of MOX project
    The mixed oxide fuel project at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina should receive full federal financial support, according to the state's U.S. House delegation. "Recently, it has come to our attention that concerns have been raised regarding the MOX Project and its future under potential sequestration and budget cuts," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. "We are writing you today to reiterate the importance of the MOX project and its mission." Aiken Standard (S.C.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boxer: NRC should reinvestigate Calif. nuclear plant
    An alleged report claiming that Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries knew about steam-generator issues at the idled San Onofre nuclear plant in California means the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should investigate, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. The plant has been offline since January 2012 because of problems with its steam generators. "SCE would never, and did not, install steam generators that it believed would not perform safely," the company said. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Planning and strategy aren't the same thing
    Creating a "strategic plan" isn't the same thing as crafting a meaningful strategy, writes Roger Martin. A strategic plan is often simply a souped-up budget, while a strategy "is the making of an integrated set of choices that collectively position the firm in its industry so as to create sustainable advantage relative to competition," Martin argues. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to be a more intense boss
    Intensity is a powerful tool for any leader, although it's important to ensure that your focus and commitment don't come across as anger or obsession, writes Art Petty. Authenticity is a vital part of that process, Petty writes. "Your commitment to the mission at hand must come through in your every word, action and during every encounter," he writes. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: France would need $580B to cope with major nuclear accident
    France would need to spend about $580 billion to manage an incident similar to what occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, according to a study from IRSN. Such an accident would also lead to major blackouts, destroy crops and displace about 100,000 people, the report found. "A major accident would have terrible consequences, but we would have to deal with them," said Jacques Repussard, head of IRSN. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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