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December 3, 2012
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  News Roundup 
  • Ex-NRC chairman assesses nuclear energy's prospects in U.S.
    Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Meserve said he doesn't think there will be any new reactor projects for the rest of the decade, mainly because of low natural gas prices. However, that could be offset by increased measures to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, as well as through the development of small modular reactors, he said at an energy policy forum in Washington, D.C. Meserve said SMRs could one day be an attractive option if more time and investments are put into their development. SNL Financial (free content) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southern touts safety features of new Plant Vogtle reactors
    Southern has taken the necessary safety precautions for its Plant Vogtle expansion project in Georgia, an executive said. The two AP1000 reactors being constructed at the site will include a containment cooling system and other safety enhancements designed to protect public health in the face of extreme events like the natural disaster that struck Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power station. "We learned a lot from Fukushima, and all that has been taken into account," said Cheri Collins, general manager of Southern. CNN (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SCE finds possible tampering with backup generator
    One of the backup diesel generators at Southern California Edison's idled San Onofre nuclear plant in California might have been tampered with, the utility said, adding that it has informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the matter. Plant workers discovered engine coolant in the generator's oil system in late October, the company said. SCE "is committed to the safety of the public and its employees and takes this matter very seriously," said Pete Dietrich, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at the plant. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vt. turns down Entergy's request to amend nuclear plant rulings
    The Vermont Public Service Board rejected Entergy's petition to modify earlier rulings that banned it from running the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant beyond March 2012. Entergy, however, said it doesn't expect the ruling to have an immediate impact on plant operations. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Don't let your meetings get stuck in the bike shed
    Too many high-level meetings fall prey to "bike-shedding" -- the notion that smart, powerful people will quickly sign off on important issues they barely understand but will spend hours arguing over trivial issues they think they understand, such as whether to build a bike shed. Avoid this trap by giving your team members the information they need to make big decisions and shielding them from the small ones, advises Dan McCarthy. "If you're the leader, exercise your decision making authority on the trivial stuff," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is a noisy surprise a smart leadership strategy?
    Debbie Brown received a mixed reaction from colleagues and surprised herself by slamming a table during a meeting to get their attention. Her peers' reactions might have been influenced by cultural factors; her colleagues from the West viewed it as a positive action, but one from the East disagreed. "I wondered if it were a man hitting the table whether the feedback would have been the same," Brown writes. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India is urged to seek IAEA advice on nuclear liability
    India should seek the International Atomic Energy Agency's advice about its nuclear liability law as it enters nuclear energy markets worldwide, a U.S. envoy said. "Current liability law and regulations impose the risk of a heavy financial burden on equipment suppliers seeking to enter the Indian market and expose such companies to the risk of significant financial penalty in the event of a nuclear accident, neither of which is consistent with international standards," said Geoffrey Pyatt, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for south and central Asian affairs. The Economic Times (India) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEZ moves forward in Czech reactor expansion project
    CEZ seeks to expand its Temelin nuclear plant in the Czech Republic and has submitted an application for the effort to the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety. Bidders for the venture include Atomstroyexport and Westinghouse Electric. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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