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January 2, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • Courts to address Vermont Yankee plant dispute in January
    The fate of Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be in the spotlight this month with two hearings. On Jan. 14, a federal appeals court in New York will hear arguments in an appeal of a decision by a Vermont federal judge that the state couldn't force the plant's shutdown. The Vermont Supreme Court two days later will hear allegations from nuclear critics that the facility's continued operation breaks the provisions of a state permit. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NextEra Energy to test warning sirens at Wis. nuclear plant
    The new emergency sirens at NextEra Energy's Point Beach nuclear plant in Wisconsin will be tested this week, said Lauretta Krcma-Olson, senior communication specialist for the facility. The company recently spent close to $500,000 for the sirens, which are located within the plant's 10-mile emergency planning zone. U.S. nuclear plants need to be equipped with such warning systems for emergencies. Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Spotlight 
  • Plant Vogtle, V.C. Summer expansions called biggest story of 2012
    The nuclear energy industry had a big year in 2012, according to a roundtable of experts assembled by blogger Rod Adams. The approvals of expansion projects at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle facility in Georgia and South Carolina Electric & Gas' V.C. Summer nuclear plant were two of the biggest stories. The panel also agreed that the change of chairmanship at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the lack of radiation-related health problems from the Fukushima Daiichi incident in 2011 were important last year. Atomic Insights blog (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • How to lead like Bilbo Baggins
    Viewers or readers of "The Hobbit" might assume the wizard Gandalf or the dwarfish leader Thorin are the adventurers' only leaders, but as the tale progresses, it's the meek, reluctant Bilbo Baggins who emerges as the true hero, Doug Guthrie writes. "Ultimately Bilbo rises to the occasion, despite the fact that his colleagues don't always think he's up to it," Guthrie writes. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TEPCO establishes recovery headquarters near Fukushima plant
    Tokyo Electric Power has established a recovery headquarters near its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan to manage decontamination and compensation decisions. The utility also seeks to proceed with the development of a research facility and a next-generation coal-powered thermal plant near the site. These are part of efforts to "fulfill (TEPCO's) responsibility" for the incident, said Naomi Hirose, the company's president. The Mainichi (Japan) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Korea approves restart of 2 reactors
    South Korea has cleared the restart of two reactors that were taken offline earlier in 2012 because of substandard parts that have since been replaced, according to the country's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission. The restart of the units will help the country as it address power generation issues. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some Japan reactors have faulty fire equipment
    Japanese nuclear regulatory sources have found some deficient fire-prevention equipment installed in more than 10 nuclear plants in the country. The equipment includes flammable electric cables, sources said, adding that some safety systems are placed too close to one other. Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy is probing the issue. The Mainichi (Japan) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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