I think it is a mis characterization to say that the NFPA "added several
of the features of ESE systems (such as the taller terminal) to the 2004
standard." The technical committee made changes to the document using
the NFPA's normal consensus standards development process. Any changes
that appear to be elements of ESE are mere coincidence.
The Standards Council made an entirely separate decision that that there
was and is sufficient scientific support to continue to publish a
standard on lightning protection. These actions were a response to
legal action brought against the NFPA by proponents of the early
streamer emission systems. The work of the joint federal users group
and others was used as the substantiation for the standards councils
decision. Which brought the issue full circle back to were the NFPA is
continuing to decline to provide legitimacy to the several alternative
approaches to lightning protection that various commercial firms have
patents on and proprietary interest in.
I stand by my earlier assertion that these patent lightning protection
systems are based on either junk science of no science at all.
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