“It’s not a story,” he said. “It’s a bull—- story. There is no issue.”

This was the comment by Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Bruce Power, when it was finally disclosed that a missing calandria tube insert had been discovered. The missing radioactive part had not been disclosed by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to the nuclear regulator, nor, supposedly, to Bruce Power. It was discovered when the radiation detector on an employee’s suit went off.

A lot of people I know, and residents of the area I live work at the Bruce plant. As George Bush says, they have to “put food on their family”. This incident would not have exposed the broader public to radiation, but it could have exposed some of my friends. We got off easy this time. The worker who discovered the missing part backed away when his detector went off, and he supposedly received only a dose similar to an X ray.

According to the Toronto Star, a nuclear scientist, Frank Greening, compared this to a doctor leaving a scalpel inside a patient after an operation, and reporting it only 2 months later. If it was me, I would seek a new doctor.

And I would have concerns about going to a hospital where they guy in charge said the scalpel that was left, and not reported for two months, was not a story. Transparency matters. And transparency especially matters in the nuclear industry.

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