Waste Transportation

The transportation of radioactive waste already occurs, but will become frequent on our rails, roads and waterways, should irradiated reactor fuel be moved to interim or permanent dump sites.



Iroquois Caucus - Anishinabek issue joint statement, letter to Prime Minister (opposing truck shipments of highly radiocative liquid waste from Chalk River, Ontario to SRS, South Carolina)

News conveyed by Dr. Gordon Edwards, President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility:


Below are some clear and dignified statements issued on April 21, 2017, by a newly kindled partnership of First Nations leaders in Ontario, on the topic of long-term nuclear waste management and the ill-advised and cunnecessary transport of radioactive cargo over public roads and bridges impinging on traditional lands.
The Chiefs and Grand Chiefs have articulated their firm and unequivocal opposition to the planned shipments of highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River to South Carolina, insisting that such liquid be down-blended and solidified on-site at Chalk River, thereby eliminating any rationale for transporting the dangerous liquid. 
The First Nations leaders have declared their grave concern over the alarming initiatives by the Canadian nuclear establishment to obtain prompt government approval for the eventual abandonment of long-lived radioactive wastes beside major water bodies — close to the shores of Lake Huron (the Kincardine Deep Underground Dump), a short distance from Lake Ontario (the proposed nuclear waste mound at Port Hope, Ontario), and within one kilometre of the Ottawa River (the mega-dump now proposed for Chalk River, Ontario).
These topics were discussed during ten hours of meetings in Toronto, on two separate occasions, involving some of the most powerful and respected chiefs of the Iroquois Caucus and the Anishinabek Nation. The leaders in attendance represent huindreds of thousands of First Nation people throughout Ontario. They have agreed to join forces on these issues and to empower their youth to adopt nuclear waste issues as a First Nations priority in the coming years.
Gordon Edwards.


Two Ethanol Trains Derail — and One Explodes — as Industry Embraces Riskier Practices

As reported by DeSmog Blog.

Radioactive waste shipping proponents often point to other hazardous cargoes traveling the roads, rails, and waterways, as if that somehow justifies adding yet one more, high-risk peril, into the mix.


Why Shipping Highly Radioactive Liquid Waste from Chalk River, Ontario to SRS, South Carolina is a Terrible Idea

This message below comes from Dr. Gordon Edwards, President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility:

The US Department of Energy wants to truck highly radioactive liquid waste from Chalk River, Ontario, to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Such liquid material has never before been transported over public roads anywhere in North America. Using official data on the radioactive contents of the liquid waste, calculations have shown that a single litre is more than enough to ruin the drinking water supply of any city in North America.  Plans are to ship 23,000 litres in 100-150 truckloads over a period of four years.

On March 14, 2017, a crash involving 15 tractor-trailer trucks occurred on a major Canadian highway (Highway 401) not far from the 1000 Islands Bridge leading to Ogdensburg NY.  This bridge represents the shortest route for shipping highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River Ontario to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

One of the trucks involved was crushed, the driver was killed, and a highly toxic liquid (fluorsilicic acid) leaked onto the highway. Fifteen first responders had to undergo decontamination.
If the highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River, bound for the SRS site in South Carolina, had instead leaked onto the highway, the consequences would have been far worse. That part of the highway would have to be dug up and carted off as radioactive waste, and contaminated individuals would have to wait to be treated by a radiological SWAT team who would have had great difficulty in reaching the scene in time.

Here are some news clips of the crash, the crushed truck, and the spill:

2. CTV March 14. 
4. CBC News Report:

This troubled, covert agency is responsible for trucking nuclear bombs across America each day

As reported by the L.A. Times.

As the article reports:

“Transportation is the Achilles’ heel of nuclear security and everyone knows that,” said Bruce Blair, a retired Air Force missile officer, Princeton University researcher and founder of Global Zero, a nonprofit group that seeks elimination of nuclear weapons.

The danger is not a traffic accident — even a fiery crash is not supposed to explode a warhead — but a heist.

“In an age of terrorism, you’re taking a big risk any time you decide to move nuclear material into the public space over long distances via ground transport,” Blair said. “Bad things happen.”


Looking for consent, the Iroquois are condemning a plan to transport highly radioactive uranium through its territory

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