The final sad humiliation

16 Apr

The first step in the last sad act of the Greenfield saga occurred on a Sunday. On 15 April 2012 the Companies Registration Office in Ireland struck off Eurasia Energy Project (EEP) Ltd from its register of companies. Five days later, the Registrar dissolved EEP.

This was the company set up by the directors of Greenfield to administer the planned programme to remediate the territory of Belarus contaminated by nuclear fallout from the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. The principle involved was simple — to use repeated cropping of biomass grown in the contaminated zones to extract radioactive particles from the soil, thus reducing the length of time it would take to get the land back into condition for normal, everyday use.

By having an industrial process, such as distillation of bioethanol for fuel, as the user of the crop, the entire crop could be consumed leaving only a storable residue of relatively low-level waste.

Agriculture is not possible in much of the contaminated zone as the levels of radioactivity in crops exceeds safe consumption levels.

The Greenfield bosses even appointed a programme director employed by EEP in 2008 — on the eve of the anniversary of the explosion. She was Ms Iryna Ananich, a very well qualified Belarus national who had previously worked with the UNDP in the country. Needless to say, the terms of her contract were soon breached and by the end of the year she was already lodging complaints with Rietveld and Kennedy about failures to pay her agreed salary. (

This moment was inevitable, but it is still a sad one.

We remain convinced that the original Greenfield project was a very viable one, and also that field research would have proven that the notion of using biofuels as a means to decontaminate the Chernobyl lands could work.

It is a great source of sadness to us that Michael Rietveld and James McCann (Kennedy), by taking control of the project and turning it from a viable business proposition into a fraud and a scam, destroyed this possibility.


3 Responses to “The final sad humiliation”

  1. Anonymous 17/04/2012 at 11:36 am #

    Yes, it’s sad – 135.000 square km’s contaminated in the three worst hit countries and the US Argonne laboratories going for (in principle) the same project idea in the US…..and of course also the difficult situations with regards to EU – Belarus relations that are not exactly hot….what a shame that GF didn’t have a more professional management!!


  2. Anonymous 13/06/2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Yes, more professional management ??? rather than two crooks running the company ??? could have made the project a success…


  3. theis 03/10/2012 at 5:57 pm #

    yes, i agree, it could have been great. there was a real chance and almost all pieces were put together.


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