Going the Distance?

Going the Distance?

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This new report from the National Research CouncilA’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB) and the Transportation Research Board reviews the risks and technical and societal concerns for the transport of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in the United States. Shipments are expected to increase as the U.S. Department of Energy opens a repository for spent fuel and high-level waste at Yucca Mountain, and the commercial nuclear industry considers constructing a facility in Utah for temporary storage of spent fuel from some of its nuclear waste plants. The report concludes that there are no fundamental technical barriers to the safe transport of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive and the radiological risks of transport are well understood and generally low. However, there are a number of challenges that must be addressed before large-quantity shipping programs can be implemented successfully. Among these are managing qsocialq risks. The report does not provide an examination of the security of shipments against malevolent acts but recommends that such an examination be carried out.State enforcement officials can stop and inspect vehicles and inspect the premises of motor carriers to check for compliance with ... For example, DOT has determined that state requirements for special permits for radioactive materials highwayanbsp;...

Title:Going the Distance?
Author:Committee on Transportation of Radioactive Waste, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2006-07-05


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