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Nuclear waste parked at school bus stop...

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posted on Oct, 10 2003 @ 06:46 PM
This really honestly doesn't surprise me. The federal government is one of the most disorganized organizations in the world, and this is the sort of rather ascinine actions that they normally take.

And the fact that they left a complete nuclear reactor vessle out in public overnight without some kind of security???? How about liability????

Heres an idea, lets not use nuclear power!!!!

Yucca critics cite foul-up with reactor shipment
By Suzanne Struglinski


WASHINGTON -- The lack of communication involved in a radioactive waste shipment this week illustrates safety concerns for the proposed Yucca Mountain federal nuclear waste storage site, project critics said Wednesday.

Consumers Energy started shipping a 565,000-pound package filled with concrete and a nuclear reactor vessel on Tuesday from the closed Big Rock Point nuclear power plant in Charlevoix, Mich., to a low-level radioactive waste storage facility in Barnhill, S.C., company spokesman Tim Petrosky said.

The nuclear reaction that boils water to generate steam for electricity took place in the vessel before the plant closed in 1997. Although still hazardous, it is not as radioactive as the spent fuel rods set to go to the Yucca site, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The truck carrying the vessel broke an axle en route between Charlevoix and Gaylord, Mich., and it pulled over to the side of a road, where it was fixed.

The company then parked the truck Tuesday night near a gas station -- that also serves as a bus stop for 13 elementary and high school students -- until the waste can be transferred to a train that stops in Gaylord. The truck was still there this morning. Company officials expected the transfer to take two to four days.

posted on Oct, 10 2003 @ 07:02 PM
Thats pretty scary, especially in a post-911 world that seems so wrapped up in security. Most truckers would be fired for leaving a hazmat load like that unattended for any extended ammount of time.

posted on Oct, 10 2003 @ 07:09 PM
Being attached to a hazmat unit, I am surprised that the local hazmat crew didnt come pay this guy a visit when he parked...


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