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July 5, 2012
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  News Roundup 
  • Duke Energy, Progress Energy complete merger
    Duke Energy and Progress Energy completed their merger Tuesday, with Duke Chairman, President and CEO Jim Rogers heading the combined firm. "The new Duke Energy will be better able to serve our 7.1 million customers' energy needs in a safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean manner," Rogers said. Decisions about the fate of the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida, which has been idle for nearly three years, and a planned reactor project in Levy County, Fla., are expected to be among Duke Energy's priorities. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dominion wants more storage containers at Conn. nuclear plant
    Dominion Resources seeks to boost the number of dry storage containers at its Millstone Power Station in Connecticut from 19 to 135, said company spokesman Ken Holt. The number would be sufficient to hold all used nuclear fuel produced through 2045. U.S. nuclear plants started using dry containers in 1987, and "there have been no significant problems with them at any of the sites," said Tom Kauffman, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior media relations manager. The Day (New London, Conn.) (free registration) (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MOX would help U.S. energy independence
    Using mixed-oxide fuel at nuclear plants would make the U.S. more energy independent, writes retired Col. Bill Reilly, former head of the U.S. Army's reactor program. MOX technology is well-established around the world and should have a larger role in the U.S., he writes. "The shift to MOX fuel for everyday use reduces the cost of producing nuclear-generated electricity, a clean and affordable alternative to fossil fuels. Demonstrating the use of MOX at nuclear power plants is an important step toward a clean-energy economy," Reilly writes. Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.) (7/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Consent-based approach would find repository location
    The U.S. needs a geologically stable permanent used nuclear fuel repository, and Congress and the Obama administration should work to make it happen, writes The New York Times' editorial board. A site should be found through the blue ribbon commission's suggestion of offering incentives to states to store the used fuel. "If nuclear power is to have a future in this country, politicians, scientists and industry leaders need to commit to finding a solution instead of just hoping that everything will somehow work out," the board writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Good leaders know when to do less
    Many business leaders aspire to be involved, hands-on bosses like Julius Caesar or Steve Jobs, but the truth is that many CEOs simply aren't cut out for that kind of leadership, says J. Keith Murnighan. Stepping back and letting your workers get on with things is often better for morale and for the company's bottom line. "Most leaders do too much. And when they do, they're seen as micromanagers," Murnighan says. Kellogg Insight (6/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the mayor of Chicago motivates his people
    You must understand where your employees are coming from to encourage them to reach their full potential, John Baldoni writes in his post about the motivational style of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "When it comes to reaching people, one size does not fit all." Depending on employees' personalities, he explains, competition, encouragement and the promise of a reward can all be motivational factors. Inc. online (7/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Japan's NISA seeks more seismic studies for 3 nuclear plants
    Further studies of the fault fracture zones beneath three nuclear facilities in Japan's Fukui prefecture should be conducted, according to the country's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. Kansai Electric Power's Mihama plant and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Monju facility should receive particular attention because their fault fracture zones could move with nearby active faults, NISA added. The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel: TEPCO-government collusion led to Fukushima Daiichi
    Collusion among Tokyo Electric Power, the Japanese government and regulators caused the Fukushima Daiichi incident, according to an investigative panel. "Across the board, the Commission found ignorance and arrogance unforgivable for anyone or any organization that deals with nuclear power. We found a disregard for global trends and a disregard for public safety," the panel said in its report. Yahoo!/Reuters (7/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TEPCO considers mothballing Fukushima Daini plant
    Tokyo Electric Power might take its Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Japan out of service. "Several local leaders have requested us, some in writing, to scrap all nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture, including those at the Daini plant," said TEPCO Chairman Kazuhiko Shimokobe. Any decision about the plant's fate will be made "after listening to national and local opinions," said Naomi Hirose, president of the utility. The Wall Street Journal (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Belgium extends operating life of GDF reactor by 10 years
    Power-generation concerns prompted the Belgian Cabinet to delay by 10 years the proposed 2015 shutdown of the Tihange 1 reactor, operated by GDF Suez unit Electrabel. "What is important is to guarantee security of supply for the country, and that at the best price, that was my mission," said Melchior Wathelet, state secretary for environment, energy, mobility and institutional reforms. However, Cabinet members rejected a plan to postpone the shutdown of two other Electrabel reactors by one year. Reuters (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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