Geoff Liesik, Geoff Liesik, Deseret News
Jon Kofler, a senior research associate with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows readings captured by a mobile air quality monitor Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are considering a plan to build the nation's first nuclear power plant in a generation.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to vote Thursday on Atlanta-based Southern Co.'s request to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.

If approved, the $14 billion reactors could begin operating as soon as 2016 and 2017.

The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania raised fears of a radiation release and brought new reactor orders nearly to a halt.

The NRC approved a new reactor design for the Vogtle plant in December. Utility companies in Florida and the Carolinas also plan new reactors that use the same design by Westinghouse Electric Co.

The planned reactors are the remnants of a once-anticipated building boom that the power industry dubbed the "nuclear renaissance."

President Barack Obama has offered the Vogtle project $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees as part of its pledge to expand nuclear power.

Obama and other proponents say greater use of nuclear power could cut the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and create energy without producing emissions blamed for global warming.

2 Utah business schools to receive $1.75m each

LOGAN — Business schools at two Utah universities are getting a $3.5 million boost from an Ogden-based energy company.

The Herald Journal of Logan reports FJ Management, Inc., will donate $1.75 million each to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

FJ Management is best known as Flying J, which operates gas stations and truck stops across the U.S. and Canada. The company was founded in 1968 by Jay Call. It was reorganized as FJ Management in 2010 after bankruptcy.

The donations will build and support fully staffed career services centers bearing the Flying J name at both schools.

— Associated Press

Utahns in Congress press western oil shale mining

WASHINGTON — Utah's congressional delegation is pleading with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to open more federal land to oil shale development.

Salazar's department sharply cut the lands available last week for oil shale mining in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Utah's three congressmen took exception to the tentative plan in a letter to Salazar released Wednesday.

Utah's delegation says oil shale deposits are important for the country's energy security, and the federal government should encourage development.

— Associated Press

Provo Craft hires CEO from Logitech's ranks

SOUTH JORDAN — Provo Craft & Novelty Inc., has appointed Ashish Arora as its new president and CEO.

Arora joins Provo Craft after nine years with Logitech International S.A., most recently as vice president and general manager of a business unit that creates products to enable and simplify the digital home. He has more than 17 years of experience in the consumer technology and software industries.

Kodak to shutter camera, digital frame operations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak says it will stop making digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames in order to focus on its more profitable businesses.

The storied photography company, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, says it will phase out those product lines in the first half of this year.

Eastman Kodak Co.'s consumer business will focus on photo printing and desktop inkjet printers.

Kodak says it's working with retailers to ensure an orderly transition. The company will honor warranties and provide technical support for discontinued products.

— Associated Press