Nuclear professionals have extensive experience in the handling of radioactive material and have designed safe, secure and reliable means of its transportation, storage and disposal.
During the last 40 years, more than 3,000 shipments of spent nuclear fuel have navigated more than 1.7 million miles of U.S. roads and railways without accidental release of radioactive materials.
The casks are about 15 times thicker than a gasoline tank truck shell. They include three inches of stainless steel with thick lead radiation shields. Specially licensed trucking companies handle spent nuclear fuel shipments, in addition to many other hazardous materials in the United States.
Shipments are tracked and monitored along public routes that must meet strict safety requirements. The EPA is required to develop site-specific radiation standards for air, groundwater, food, and soil, designed to protect the public health and environment.
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Last updated July 9, 2012, 2:33pm CDT.