Friday, February 10, 2006

Transport Of Radioactive Material

US Nuclear Waste Strategies Evaluated
10 February 2005

NEW SCIENTIST (UNITED STATES)--Methods planned for transporting radioactive spent fuel from nuclear power reactors are generally safe, but questions remain over the safety of nuclear casks in the event of a sustained, hot fire, a review panel of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded. The NAS report released in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2006, found there are "no fundamental technical barriers" to safe transportation, but that a number of "serious challenges" remain. Assuming no new plants are built, disposing of fuel from the United States 112 operating plants will require a two-decade-long program of daily shipments, and more planning needs to be done for managing this massive operation, the report says.
The report assessed the adequacy of planning for every kind of accident scenario, but not the potential for deliberate acts such as terrorist attacks. To evaluate that aspect, it says, would require creation of a new committee with full access to classified materials. Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8705

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