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January 30, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

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  • Nuclear plants play key role in GHG emission reduction, observers say
    The U.S. power industry will find it harder to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions if utilities decide to shut down a number of nuclear plants in the years ahead, observers say. In contrast to coal-fired facilities and natural gas-powered plants, reactors are the single largest source of carbon-free power in the U.S. If the Obama administration or Congress enact polices to reduce carbon emissions, that would "increase the value of nuclear plants," said Dan Lashof, climate and clean energy program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Westinghouse signs MOU on steel for Czech reactor
    Westinghouse Electric is dedicated to providing Czech-made steel for the construction of two proposed reactors at the Czech Republic's Temelin nuclear plant if the company is picked, President and CEO Danny Roderick said. "There are several countries from which we could source these substantial steel requirements, but we believe the Czech steel industry is highly competitive and are partners for the long term," he said. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (1/29), (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Leadership 
  • Don't run your company like an airport
    Airports are soulless, sterile places populated by glum workers and even glummer travelers, writes Seth Godin. Too many companies fall into the same trap, taking their customers and workers for granted rather than striving to delight them. "[I]n pursuit of reliable, predictable outcomes, these organizations dehumanize everything, pretending it will increase profits, when it actually does exactly the opposite," Godin writes. Seth Godin's Blog (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you a Navy SEAL or a World War I general?
    Business leaders should strive to be like Navy SEALs, who are trained to respond quickly and creatively to changing situations, Bob Schoulz says. Unfortunately, he adds, many bosses are more like the World War I generals who repeatedly ordered their troops to charge entrenched machine guns. "They failed as leaders to strike a balance between applying lessons from the past that had worked, with a creative insight into how this battle, this enemy, this war is different," Schoulz says. Forbes (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IAEA: No signs of an explosion at Iranian enrichment facility
    There were no signs of an explosion at the Fordow uranium enrichment facility in Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency said, supporting the country's response to media reports. Earlier, some Western and Israeli media outlets said the facility suffered significant damage from a blast last week. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most Japan reactors to restart within several years, U.S. exec says
    Most of Japan's reactors will probably resume operations within "several years" as the country completes post-Fukushima Daiichi safety improvements, said Danny Roderick, Westinghouse Electric's president and CEO. "I've met with members of the new government, I've also met with a lot of our customers over there, and they're ready," Roderick said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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