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February 14, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • Industry exec explains in-situ uranium mining in NEI video
    The Nuclear Energy Institute released a video in an effort to explain uranium mining, which plays a key role in nuclear energy production. The video features Mark Pelizza, senior vice president at Uranium Resources. He explains in-situ leaching, which is the most common technique in the U.S. for mining uranium, and its differences with standard excavation and milling. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NEI's Peterson: Nuclear is strong, despite challenges
    Low natural gas prices and their effect on electricity markets present a challenge to nuclear energy, but the industry is confident in its long-term role in the U.S. energy mix, writes Scott Peterson, NEI's senior vice president of communications. Nuclear reactors provide safe, reliable power and will continue to be vital to the U.S., he writes. At NEI's annual briefing of journalists and analysts in New York, President and CEO Marvin Fertel said, "We want them in position to operate beyond 40 years -- perhaps more than 60 years -- and to incorporate new upgrades to maintain the highest possible level of safety." NEI Nuclear Notes blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Edison: NRC could decide on Calif. plant's restart before summer
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission could decide on Edison International's restart proposal for its San Onofre nuclear plant in California before summer, said Peter Dietrich, the company's chief nuclear officer. The company proposed to restart the plant's Unit 2 reactor at reduced rates to prevent excess tube wear. Bloomberg (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy Dept. is urged to address used-fuel concerns at S.C. site
    The Department of Energy needs to address "vulnerabilities" associated with the used nuclear fuel stored at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, according to a report from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. The concerns include leaking, gas emissions and corroded containers. "Nearly all the inner cans containing metal fuel are approximately 50 years old, and DOE is considering the possibility of extended storage of these cans for an additional 50 years," the report states. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • N.C. lawmaker unveils bill for nuclear plant security guards
    North Carolina state Sen. David Curtis unveiled a bill that would give nuclear plant security personnel the same liability protections as police officers for the use of force. Under the measure, a security officer, the officer's employer and the nuclear plant's owner would not be "civilly or criminally liable" for using force, including deadly force. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Why too much of a good thing is bad for leadership
    Even positive traits such as confidence can become problematic if they become excessive, writes Samuel Bacharach, director of Cornell University's Institute of Workplace Studies. "[W]hen a leader has an excess of confidence, it generally means he or she also has a surfeit of ego," he writes. Similarly, a determined leader may run into trouble if he or she refuses to make adjustments. Inc. online (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NPCIL to assess prospective nuclear plant site in India
    A team of Nuclear Power Corporation of India experts will be deployed to the Rajauli site in India's Bihar state to conduct inspections. NPCIL had intended to build four 700-megawatt reactors there, but insufficient water supplies hampered its efforts. According to the state's department of water resources development, water supplies could now meet the requirements of two such reactors. The Times of India (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant
    A portion of the roof at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine has collapsed, but no one was injured and radiation levels at the facility are normal, said Maya Rudenko, a spokeswoman for the plant. Heavy snow caused the roof to fall, said the country's Emergency Situations Ministry. USA Today/The Associated Press (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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