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February 8, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Report: Idaho should continue to benefit from nuclear
    A report unveiled this week found that industry in Idaho could benefit from nuclear energy. The Leadership in Nuclear Energy commission, created by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, concluded that it's in the state's best interest to continue to be a leader in nuclear energy, research and innovation. "Practically every segment of Idaho's economy has a council or commission dedicated to enhancing opportunities within that sector," said Jeff Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce and chairman of the commission. Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SCE rejects lawmakers' allegations on flawed reactor parts
    Southern California Edison wasn't aware of steam-generator issues before the generators were installed at its San Onofre nuclear plant in California, the utility said. Citing an undisclosed document, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., alleged that SCE and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries rejected some safety adjustments to the generators prior to their installation. "SCE would never, and did not, install steam generators that it believed would not perform safely," the utility said. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Uranium mining plan fails to advance in S.D. Senate
    A South Dakota Senate committee voted to reject a plan to restore some of the state's authority over Powertech Uranium's uranium mining project in the state. It is sensible to allow federal agencies to oversee permitting procedures because the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources lacks the personnel for those activities, panel members said. Associated Press (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Building engagement is all in the game
    Companies such as Microsoft, Nike and SAP are increasingly using gamification to turn employee engagement into a fun, social activity. Such a strategy lets workers compete to complete key tasks more effectively, and it helps managers focus on creating metric-based business objectives. "Productivity games and virtual worlds are 21st-century business processes, not gimmicks," says Microsoft's Ross Smith. Mitchell Osak Online blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Burn rubber, but in a harmonious way, Pirelli CEO says
    Italian tire company Pirelli gains airtime and prestige by supplying Formula 1 teams, but CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera says he's also focused on being a responsible and eco-conscious businessman. "The only way our company can survive in the next decades is to have good products, good people, and take care of society and of the environment," he says. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • French regulators tackle waste-storage options
    French regulators began a public debate about the prospects of developing an underground repository for the country's radioactive waste. "We must ensure its safe storage conditions, regardless of the evolution of our energy mix and the nuclear share that is now the subject of the national debate on energy transition," said Delphine Batho, the country's minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy. United Press International (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japanese prefecture studies LNG as a substitute for nuclear power
    The government of Japan's Fukui prefecture will form a group to study liquefied natural gas as a substitute for nuclear energy. There are 14 reactors in the prefecture, but its government is concerned about the potential economic impact of delayed restarts. Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa, however, believes that "nuclear plants continue to be an important power source base." The Mainichi (Japan) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Germany consumed more coal in 2012
    After a decade-long decline, Germany's coal consumption rose in 2012, an increase attributed to low U.S. coal prices, the country's reduction of nuclear energy and the current state of the cap-and-trade system. "It's been very welcome that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been going down because of the switch to gas. But if we're simply diverting the coal somewhere else, particularly to Europe, a lot of those benefits are draining away," said David Baldock, executive director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London. The Washington Post (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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