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Teaching Union Workers Nuclear-Specific Skills
The Nuclear Mechanic Apprenticeship Process (NMAP) is a program for contracted craft labor union personnel that ensures workers have specific skills needed at nuclear energy facilities. A new NMAP website documents how knowledge and skills acquired by workers through union apprenticeship programs can meet specific training requirements for a variety of trades in the nuclear industry.
Nuclear Energy Overview recently spoke to Jack Heyer, trade representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and Jim Boyd, Senior Director of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), about what NMAP does to train, evaluate and document the skill sets of craft union laborers who work in the nuclear field.
The Energy Department’s proposed rule governing nuclear energy technology exports includes significant improvements over its 2011 proposal, yet still would raise unnecessary impediments for U.S. companies participating in the highly competitive global market for commercial reactor technology, services and technical assistance.
The Energy Department’s proposed rule to amend the regulation governing nuclear energy technology exports retains “fundamental deficiencies” that would continue to impose unjustified competitive disadvantages on U.S. companies participating in the global market for commercial reactor technology, NEI said last week.
Two leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, writing to commend the NRC for resuming its review of the Yucca Mountain repository license application as ordered by a federal court, have asked the agency to explain why it could not perform more efficiently overall.
Across the country as the leaves begin to turn and fall comes, nuclear power plants start to power down. This year, 21 U.S. commercial reactors are temporarily shutting down for routine maintenance and refueling.
The Nuclear Energy Institute has hailed a federal appeals ruling that orders the Energy Department to ask Congress to suspend collection of fees for the Nuclear Waste Fund—which was created to pay for management of the nation’s used nuclear fuel—until the department complies with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act or Congress enacts a new waste management program.
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