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March 8, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Rep. Pearce backs proposed waste shipments to N.M. site
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is capable of handling radioactive waste shipments from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, said Todd Willens, the chief of staff for Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. Pearce understands that waste from Hanford would be no more toxic or hazardous than what is already stored at WIPP, Willens said. Associated Press (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. should continue supporting MOX project
    The U.S. should continue to support the National Nuclear Security Administration's program to convert weapons-grade plutonium into mixed-oxide fuel for commercial nuclear plants, writes Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La. Several countries have been using MOX fuel safely for years, and just a single MOX fuel assembly can generate power for 9,000 households for a year. "I hope the Obama administration's proposed budget, which my committee will review in weeks, will reflect his continued support for these critical national security -- and energy security -- programs," Alexander writes. Roll Call (free content) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Editorial: Nominees should consider options in reducing emissions
    President Barack Obama's nominees for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and secretary of the Department of Energy will need to use regulatory authority to cut carbon emissions, writes the editorial board of The New York Times. Should they be confirmed, Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz should also encourage research in next-generation nuclear facilities and other technologies that can help meet the administration's goals, the board writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NEI challenges UCS report on safety incidents at reactors
    The Nuclear Energy Institute is disputing a Union of Concerned Scientists report that claims several reactors experienced near misses in recent years. "Our facilities are operating safely. We continue to aggressively implement additional safety enhancements based on learning from the Fukushima accident to ensure that our plants will operate safely and reliably," said NEI spokesman Steve Kerekes. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • S.C. leaders criticize budget cuts to SRS
    Budgets cuts at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina are drawing criticism from the state's leaders. Such cuts are a "direct threat to our national security," said Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. "Instead of cutting necessary funds -- like those for the processing and storage of our nuclear waste -- Washington should make smart, targeted cuts to programs that we don't want and don't need," said a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Why bosses should keep on talking
    Good leadership is the art of engaging in the right conversations at the right times, according to business consultants Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz. Conversations help bosses build relationships, develop leadership qualities in their direct reports, make better decisions and execute more effectively, they argue. "[I]t is something you need to do well -- consciously and unconsciously -- every minute of every day," they write. Knowledge@Wharton (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • People need a voice in development goals
    Development goals must include the voice of the people, writes Mandeep Tiwana, and improved standards of living must not come at the expense of civil and political liberty. "It is time to put people at the centre of development and ditch the business as usual approach if we are to address impending and interlinked economic, social, political, environmental and humanitarian crises," Tiwana writes. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan seeks changes in Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning plan
    The Japanese government plans to unveil an amended decommissioning program for Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by June. A government-appointed group for the project will assess how to accelerate the fuel-removal schedule, said Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's trade minister. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New government could spur nuclear revival in Japan, experts say
    Nuclear energy is slowly gaining ground in Japan with the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party winning the recent elections, observers say. "All the noises from the government are in favor of restarts. ... They own the corridors of power," said Jeffrey Kingston, Asian studies director at Temple University's Japan campus. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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