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April 20, 2012
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • White House announces plan to renominate Svinicki
    The White House plans to renominate Kristine Svinicki as a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an official said. The announcement came after remarks from Republican lawmakers suggested that the Obama administration is delaying Svinicki's renomination because of her public feud with NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. "There is no reason for this re-nomination and re-confirmation to wait another day. If Democrats have a problem with Commissioner Svinicki, let's debate it," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement The Hill/E2 Wire blog (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Westinghouse, Ameren to team up on small reactors
    Westinghouse Electric will team up with Ameren Missouri to pursue a federal government cost-share project for the development of small modular reactors at Ameren's Callaway nuclear plant in Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon and company executives announced. "Projects don't get any bigger than this one," Nixon said. "This project can spark a new global industry right here in the Show-Me State." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (4/20), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utilities to use 3-D technology to study seismic risks at Calif. plants
    Pacific Gas & Electric and Edison International plan to spend $128 million and use the oil and natural gas industry's 3-D seismic technology to study the earthquake risks for their nuclear plants in California. Research data will help state regulators decide whether the facilities can safely operate through 2042. "Modern geologic thought sees the movement of the earth in much more complex terms than was understood 30 years ago," when the units were constructed, said state Sen. Sam Blakeslee. Bloomberg (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Reid, Democrats want to keep Svinicki from renomination
    Democratic leaders are pushing to keep Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Kristine Svinicki from being renominated to her post, writes columnist Kimberley Strassel. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants her off of the NRC for her complaints about NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko's management, as well as her efforts to defend female staffers, Strassel writes. "After all, what is one woman, when measured against the left's greater policy goals? The White House and its party remain opposed to nuclear energy," she adds. The Wall Street Journal (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • CEO mentorships are crucial to company success
    CEOs need to spend more time mentoring their employees if they want their businesses to be successful, writes Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of He provides several examples of ways he is mentoring more, such as weekly 15-minute "SayJay" sessions in which he updates workers and solicits feedback. Inc. online/Chief Effective Officer (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why innovators must be "capability hackers"
    Innovation happens when people stop tweaking existing methods and start trying new things, Saul Kaplan writes. Companies should encourage constant experimentation across their various divisions to maximize their creative output. "Innovation is never about silver bullets. It's about experimentation and doing whatever it takes, even if it means trying 1,000 things, to deliver value," Kaplan says. CNNMoney/Fortune (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Survey: Most Japanese firms don't support early reactor restarts
    Japan needs to guarantee the safety of its nuclear plants before it allows the restart of reactors, 72% of Japanese firms said in a survey. Fifteen percent of companies, meanwhile, support early restarts. Also, 65% of companies believe that the absence of nuclear energy would affect their businesses, the poll found. Reuters (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fukui official considers Ohi reactors safe
    Post-Fukushima Daiichi safety rules could be enough to allow the restart of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power's Ohi nuclear plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture, said Hideyuki Nakagawa, chairman of the prefecture's nuclear-safety expert panel. The units could be the first to resume operations since the March 2011 incident. "It seems the plant can be safely controlled even if a serious accident occurs," Nakagawa said after touring the facility. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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