Highlights:

  • McMaster Reactor - new life at 40
  • Reducing cost of CANDU
  • Surveying at Chernobyl
  • Climate Change & Energy Options - symposium report and summaries
  • Airlie and COP5
  • Harold Smith

Ric Fluke    July 1, 1999

In this issue

The bulk of this issue is drawn from the excellent Climate Change and Energy Options Symposium held in November 1999, with an Overview, extensive Session summaries, and two reprinted papers, one on Using the Clean Development Mechanism and the other on Reducing the Cost of CANDU.   The last fits into the "climate change" debate because, in our market-driven world, the cost of nuclear must be decreased if it is to contribute, as it should and can, to the curtailment of greenhouse gas emissions.

"Letter" from John Beare, formerly of the AECB, offers some stinging comments on the federal government's radioactive waste policies.

Our "cover story", Life begins (again) at 40 for McMaster reactor, is a happy account of a resurrection brought about by some dedicated people who had a vision.   We are pleased to add this note on the McMaster Nuclear Reactor to our series on organizations associated with the Canadian nuclear program.

There are three, first hand, accounts of important gatherings of the past few months.    COP5 - a personal view provides not only information on this fifth "conference of parties" under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change but also some insight into the enthusiastic efforts of the younger members of our nuclear community to ensure nuclear is within the "climate change" agenda.   Bridging radiation policy and science, is a report by Norm Gentner on a closed meeting held to try to resolve the controversy between the observed miniscule effects of low doses of ionizing radiation and the view of ICRP and national regulatory agencies.   Finally, Chernobyl-4 - post accident radiation monitoring in the exclusion zone provides information on radiation surveillance techniques as well as some personal observations of Chernobyl.

A short paper, originally prepared for a Chinese audience, is reprinted to give an overview of the Qinshan III CANDU nuclear power plant.

There is the usual modest section on General News with items you may not have picked up elsewhere, and, sadly, several Obituaries, including a relatively long note on Harold Smith, the engineer who led Ontario Hydro into the nuclear power game.

The section on CNS News is longer than usual, reflecting the active nature of your Society.

Finally, there are some reviews of books and reports and the second of Jeremy Whitlock's Endpoint dissertations, accompanied by a cartoon by his brother Lorne Whitlock.

As always we thank our contributors and invite your comments.