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  1. Experience, planning, and preparedness
    • Coordinated efforts among federal and local officials
    • Over the last 40 years, 3,000 shipments on spent nuclear fuel have navigated more than 1.7 million miles of US roads and railways.
    • Every shipment is carefully tracked and monitored along public routes that must meet strict safety requirements.
  2. Well designed and thoroughly tested containers
    • Shipping packages, or casks, are designed according to rigorous standards established by the Department of Transportation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
    • The casks are about 15 times thicker than a gasoline tank truck shell and they include three inches of stainless steel with thick lead radiation shields.
    • Typically, for every ton of fuel, there are more than three tons of protective packaging and shielding.
  3. Coordinated efforts among federal and local officials
    • The DOT identifies "preferred routes," of interstate highways and bypass routes around cities. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves all transportation security plans.
    • Satellite tracking of all shipped casks is utilized to ensure location, and the dates of shipments are not publicized.
    • Experienced, specially licensed trucking companies handle spent nuclear fuel shipments, in addition to many other hazardous materials, in the United States.

Last updated July 9, 2012, 12:56pm CDT.

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