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January 8, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Duke Energy might soon decide on options for Fla. nuclear plant
    Duke Energy may soon decide on whether to retire or repair its Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida, said Florida Public Service Commissioner Eduardo Balbis. A technical team from Duke's Florida utility, Progress Energy Florida, is at least a week away from filing a draft report on repair options for the plant, which has been offline for more than three years. "I'm glad it's coming soon, whichever way it goes, because there are things that need to happen at that point. This is an important issue," Balbis said. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. community urges Obama to resolve used-fuel storage woes
    The Minnesota-based Prairie Island Indian Community launched an ad campaign urging the Obama administration to stay true to its promise of designating a permanent storage site for the Prairie Island nuclear plant's used fuel, which is currently kept in steel containers. "This is not just for Prairie Island but for all the waste sites around the United States," said Ron Johnson, the tribal council secretary. "We're worried about where those casks are going," he said. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Va. needs to end moratorium on uranium mining
    Virginia should lift its ban on uranium mining so the state and the rest of the U.S. can benefit in terms of energy security, writes state Del. Lee Ware. Uranium mining can be carried out safely, and authorities can ensure the long-term security of the public with the proper policies, Ware writes. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Management & Leadership 
  • How your children shape your leadership style
    Having children changes the leadership style of male CEOs, including the way they compensate employees, researchers say. Male employees are most likely to be compensated less than their female colleagues, who can expect average salary increases of up to 1.1% after their boss becomes a father. That might be because bosses gain respect for women after seeing their wives give birth, or because they hope to create a more level playing field for their daughters, the researchers say. The Wall Street Journal (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • There's more to life than money
    Real motivation is a prize that can't be bought, writes Mary Jo Asmus. That's true for employees and for business leaders, Asmus adds, so it's important to find ways to make a difference in the areas that truly matter to you. "If you are a corporate leader, don't confuse having a regular paycheck with what motivates you," she warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amano is expected to secure second IAEA term with ease
    Yukiya Amano is expected to clinch his second term as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency because he is running unopposed, an official said. The IAEA under Amano was criticized in 2011 for what was perceived as a slow response to the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan. The agency, however, led a campaign to form a program to enhance worldwide nuclear safety, and under Amano's leadership the IAEA has taken a tougher approach to Iran's nuclear ambitions. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safety reforms are introduced in South Korea
    The South Korean government introduced several reforms for state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power as part of efforts to restore public trust in nuclear energy and strengthen nuclear safety, which were largely affected by the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan. The reforms include an extension of regular maintenance schedules for reactors and a revision of a guide on determining mechanical problems in reactors. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist

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