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December 6, 2012
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  News Roundup 
  • NRC's Svinicki tackles post-Fukushima rule changes in S.C. lecture
    Commissioner Kristine Svinicki of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission provided a lecture for Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness in South Carolina that focused on post-Fukushima Daiichi regulatory changes and decisions pertaining to used nuclear fuel. Svinicki also commended CNTA's outreach programs for younger students, which include essay contests. "Getting some of this nuclear energy information to high school or even middle school students is a really wonderful ambition," she said. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • B&W finishes control room prototype for mPower reactor
    Babcock & Wilcox has completed a control room prototype for the mPower reactor design at its Lynchpin Industrial Park facility in Virginia. The simulator will allow the mPower design team to discover development-cycle issues and incorporate real-world operating-experience lessons, according to the company. "Having the ability to train operators two to three years ahead of commercial operation will keep us on the critical path toward timely development and operation at our Clinch River project by 2021," said Christofer Mowry, president of B&W mPower. The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Fla. lawmaker seeks to repeal nuclear construction advance fee
    Florida state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda filed a bill to repeal a law that allows utilities to collect in advance from their customers the costs of building new nuclear plants. The fee is an unfair "tax," Vasilinda said, adding that her bill is gaining support among her colleagues. "I can't say for sure that this is going to be an easy lift ... but I think it's got a much better chance," she said. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Smart bosses take their enemies to lunch
    Every business professional winds up making enemies, so the real test is how you respond to conflict, writes Mike Figliuolo. It's usually better to take the high road, responding to workplace slights by inviting your enemy for lunch or buying them a beer. "You kill them with kindness. ... [I]f you're being nothing but professional, it's hard for you to look bad," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How belief in limitless profit leads firms to make mistakes
    Every company is founded upon the "economic myth" that limitless growth is both desirable and possible, argues Betty Sue Flowers. That leads incautious bosses to focus solely on single-line measures of success, such as revenue and profit. "Those will inevitably peak and decline at some point, because all systems have limits -- and once they start to fall, they fall fast," Flowers says. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International 
  • IAEA chief seeks to enhance nuclear security worldwide
    Countries with nuclear plants need to work together to strengthen nuclear energy security, said Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. There is "unfinished business" on nuclear security because the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials lacks support. "The amendment's entry into force would make an important difference to global nuclear security by enhancing national security frameworks and international cooperation," Amano said. United Press International (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Korea discovers more fake reactor-part documents
    New cases of fake reactor-part certificates were discovered by South Korean officials, but this finding won't lead to more nuclear plant shutdowns, according to a source. Two reactors were taken offline last month after regulators determined that eight firms provided forged certificates. "This case is different from last month's as it is related to raw materials for parts," the source said. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kudankulam reactor to come online by month's end, official says
    The first unit of India's Kudankulam nuclear plant is likely to come online by the end of December, said V. Narayanasamy, minister of state in the prime minister's office. The unit is already loaded with fuel and is prepared to begin nuclear fission, he said. "The process of criticality in Unit-1 would start after the stage-wise clearance from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board," he added. The Economic Times (India) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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