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March 6, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Entergy exec touts nuclear's key role in U.S. energy mix
    The U.S. needs to maintain a diverse energy mix that includes nuclear power, said William Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. To replace nuclear energy generation with gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbine plants, the country would have to invest up to $110 billion, which would overwhelm the power industry, Mohl said. Nuclear plants also play a key role in fighting climate change because they don't generate greenhouse-gas emissions, he added. NEI Nuclear Notes blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SRNS to place 2,000 workers under reduced schedules
    Sequestration concerns have prompted Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to cut hours for about 2,000 of its workers, said Dwayne Wilson, president and CEO. "Due to the uncertain and potential fluctuating amount of funding which may be available to SRNS, further furloughs may be necessary," Wilson said. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sequestration may lead to layoffs at Wash. nuclear site, feds say
    The Department of Energy may be forced to lay off workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state because of federal budget cuts worth $171 million. The department remains dedicated to cleaning up the site, but "this decreased funding and the resulting contractor employment actions may curtail our progress," the department wrote in a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Bloomberg (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Ga. House votes down Vogtle cost-overrun bill
    Lawmakers in the Georgia House voted down a bill that would have barred Georgia Power from collecting profits related to cost overruns in the Plant Vogtle expansion project. State Rep. Jeff Chapman, the bill's sponsor, said his measure only aimed to protect ratepayers. The bill would have boosted the project's costs and damaged nuclear development in the state, the utility said. American City Business Journals/Atlanta (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • What CEOs should learn from BP and Boeing woes
    Boeing's grounded Dreamliners and BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster hold important lessons for CEOs, writes Ben W. Heineman Jr. Strong leadership is needed not only to ensure the company fulfills its obligations, but also to keep tabs on suppliers, Heineman argues. Executives "must ensure that their corporations take full operational responsibility and accountability for the safety and quality of the goods and services provided not just by them, but also by third party suppliers," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helping employees develop their skills
    Make it a priority to help your employees learn and advance their skills, even if your budget is tight, writes Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. Create a culture of opportunity and find creative, affordable ways to enhance their technical skills. "If your best people aren't growing in their careers as your business gains traction and expands, they will quickly lose enthusiasm for their work," he writes. "And before you know it, you'll be dealing with unsatisfied customers as well as unsatisfied employees." Entrepreneur online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International 
  • Japan-France consortium joins bidding for Turkish nuclear project
    A consortium of Mitsubishi, Itochu and GDF Suez has bid for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Turkey, government and company officials said. The group could invest up to $25 billion for the project, officials said. "If agreement is not reached with the energy ministry regarding the plant at Sinop, the same consortium will bid for Turkey's third planed nuclear plant," a GDF official said. Reuters (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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