reports & links
Transportation of nuclear fuel waste will come with its own set of hazards and risks. The practice is relatively unknown in Canada, and the few incidents of highly radio-active nuclear fuel waste being transported in Canada are not comparable to the frequency and volume of transportation that would be required to move all of Canada's nuclear fuel waste to a single location. There are risks of accident, but there are also concerns with the transport of the fuel under "normal" conditions.
Nuclear transport accidents and incidents - World Information Services on Energy (WISE)
Nuclear Waste Transportation Accidents in the U.S. (U.S. PIRG Fact Sheet)
Increase in UK nuclear transport accidents, Nuclear-News, October 2012
Radiological Consequences Resulting from Accidents and Incidents Involving the Transport of Radioactive Materials in the UK – 2011 Review, UK Health Protection Agency, October 2012
“Assessment of the Risk of Transporting Spent Nuclear Fuel by Truck", Pacific Northwest Laboratory, for the U.S. Department of Energy, PNL-2588, November 1978.
Other Related Reports
The Hazards of Generation III Reactor Fuel Wastes: Implications for Transportation and Long-Term Management of Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel, Greenpeace Canada, 2010
Transportation Incidents involving Radiation
Training Materials from the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Check out the State of Nevada, Agency for Nuclear Project's, Nuclear Waste Transportation website
Nevada has been doing cutting edge work on the risks of road (truck), rail (train), and waterway (barge) shipments of high-level radioactive waste, for decades, as part of its successful opposition to the Yucca Mountain dump.
There have been some 2,500 to 3,000 shipments of solid high-level radioactive waste in US history. But most were many decades ago. In recent years, it has slowed to a very small trickle. Many years, there are ZERO shipments of solid high-level radioactive waste.
Sub-links from the site above, specific to high-level radioactive waste transport risk include: