The Greening Effect


What am I for and what I know

 I'm for the selection of the safest spot for DGRs based upon facts including all the risks for long term storage of nuclear waste.  It's too important an issue to be derailed.

Further, I don't care where it goes as long as it is the best site geologically and strategically with risk minimized.  There are no scientific breakthroughs required.


Written for Canadian Community News by Mike Sterling

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Steam Generator 

Note the size of the men and lack of shielding, which was not required.. This is classified as medium level waste.  These vessels are stored out at the NWMO site at the Bruce Nuclear site.  The radioactivity is on surfaces inside and not outside.

Brian Masse a Windsor MP recently held a news conference in which he expressed his fears about the low and intermediate DGR proposed for Kincardine. (see Windsor CTV News)

He used former Ontario Hydro employee Frank Greening as a reference. He was using the tried and tested `Greening Effect` He used some radiation levels that Greening claims are correct.

Greening`s views get a lot of press attention.  He is kind of the `go to man now for the anti-case, whatever form that takes.  He ranges far in his thoughts.  He was used initially in the same way by the 911 conspiracy movement. 

He later disappointed many of them by reconsidering his ideas about the fire and melting potential of two planes hitting the World Trade Center.  He did the right thing, but he is still misquoted by the 911ers.

As we have written before, care must be used.  First, you must have a lot of background. Secondly, you have to use what Greening says in the context in which he speaks.  He would want you to do that too.  Finally, we all should try to obtain what the experts have to say about it.  That is, find out the rest of the story.

If the reports are accurate, Masse should do a bit more homework. Yes, there is a disagreement. It is well documented and intense. Greening`s opposition to the international standards and methodology for the steam generators is well described in letters back and forth easily obtained from the CNSC web site.  It all has to do with the averaging and sampling of radioactivity. 

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission disagrees with Greening and says that even if he was correct in his speculations, the levels of radioactivity for the generators would still be within the international guidelines.

I have written at great length about this.  You can read Greenings Letter(s) and CNSC`s responses too. (Click here for the controversy)  It`s a long and complicated story. Amazing that someone did not point this out to Masse and his staff.  To be sure, it would be hard for Masse to cover all the material available.  He should have a staff member giving him input after study.

It`s ok to be in opposition, but do it for the right reasons with the right facts.


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Friday, May 30, 2014