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2/20/2018

Exelon gave official written notice to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it will close its Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. Operations are set to end by Oct. 31.

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2/20/2018

A bill that would help keep Public Service Enterprise Group's nuclear plants in New Jersey open will be considered by a state Legislature panel on Thursday. It is the fourth version of a bill first introduced last year.

2/20/2018

The seismic monitor at NextEra Energy's Seabrook nuclear power plant didn't go off even as an earthquake was felt at the site. Staff at the plant performed visual inspections after the earthquake, but Neil Sheehan, spokesman for Region I of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the ground motion at the plant didn't meet the threshold to trigger the seismic monitor.

2/20/2018

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission didn't cite any violations during its fourth-quarter review of Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts. "This positive report is a result of the months of hard work that Pilgrim's employees have undertaken to continuously improve the plant's operations and safety," Entergy spokesperson Patrick O'Brien said.

2/20/2018

Try framing meeting agenda items as questions or leading with a question when asked for advice so that you challenge and engage your counterparts at a deeper level, writes Carolyn Slaski of EY. "You can let your team know how much they're valued by asking them questions and listening well," she writes.

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Forbes
2/20/2018

If you're rushing from meeting to meeting and problem to problem, you're not really thinking through any of the challenges of your day, writes Shane Parrish. "At a corporate level, this means you're ripe for disruption from a competitor willing to play the long game," he writes.

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2/20/2018

Ontario, Canada's Energy Ministry has given permission for Unit 3 of Ontario Power Generation's Darlington nuclear power plant in Canada to be refurbished. Unit 3 will be the second reactor to begin refurbishment under the plant's plan to refurbish all four units to extend operations until 2055.

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World Nuclear News
2/20/2018

South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has said the country will suspend plans to construct 9,600 megawatts or more of nuclear power because current electricity production is meeting demand. Critics, however, say South Africa isn't using enough electricity, which is stunting economic growth, and should build nuclear power plants to prepare for the future and provide local jobs.

2/19/2018

There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"

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2/19/2018

A spokesperson for FirstEnergy said the company has not yet made a decision on whether it will sell or retire its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants in Ohio. If the plants close, FirstEnergy would have to meet Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements for decommissioning the reactors.