If professional development programs are not in the budget, less formal internal and lateral opportunities can be a valuable way to help employees grow, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Taking charge of meetings will polish their communication and leadership skills, and spending time in other departments gives them a deeper understanding of the company, she writes.
Pacific Gas & Electric will begin taking steps to form a site-specific decommissioning plan for its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California now that is has accepted the California Public Utilities Commission's ruling approving Diablo Canyon's retirement. PG&E plans to cancel the relicensing application filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's fiscal year 2019 budget is proposed to be $971 million, almost $60 million higher than the year before. Nearly $50 million of the budget would go to work related to the Yucca Mountain used nuclear fuel repository in Nevada, while President Donald Trump's budget would give the Energy Department $120 million for the repository and an interim storage program.
Ohio state Sen. John Eklund spoke at a legislative breakfast on the importance of keeping Ohio's nuclear power plants open and using zero energy credits to help support the plants. "This goes to very heart of what we don't have in Ohio, and that is a consistent, thoughtful, 50 years down the road energy policy," Eklund said.
France's Electricite de France is studying options for building a central storage pool at one of its nuclear power plants for used nuclear fuel from all 58 EDF reactors. The utility plans to send a site proposal to regulator ASN by 2019.
South Korea's energy ministry held a meeting with nuclear power companies and groups to strategize how to obtain the contract to build Saudi Arabia's first nuclear power plant. "The government should come up with a systematic approach by utilizing all possible resources by the end of this year," Energy Minister Paik Un-gyu said.
France will consider building new reactors to replace older ones, French President Emmanuel Macron said. An updated energy plan will be created after Electricite de France completes its Flamanville nuclear power plant and regulator ASN studies the state of aging reactors, Macron said.
Confronting problem behavior at work is hard, so start with an explanation of how it could damage the future of the business and the people it employs, writes Art Petty. Prepare for the discussion by identifying your core message, questions and objections that may arise and a strategy for steering back to solutions, he writes.
President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2019 would provide $757 million to the nuclear energy industry, $259 million less than current funding. The funding would go toward research and development, including for small modular reactors.
The Nuclear Energy Institute emphasized the need to meet the mid-2020s goal for full commercial deployment of accident-tolerant fuel and suggested a shift in the fuel licensing approach in its letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "This schedule is of key importance in the decisions our members will need to make when evaluating the ATF safety benefits against the costs of adopting this technology," NEI Technical Advisor Andrew Mauer said in the letter.