Once again, I feel people are scared of radiological materials disproportionate to the actual threat. I am sharing TB 43-0137 Transportation Information for US Army Radioactive Commodities 2002 to show just how much protections there are when shipping radiological materials.
I have escorted or otherwise monitored nearly a thousand radiological shipments in the 10 years I worked in Emergency Management, for a few years there were daily waste shipments of transuranic waste from Oak Ridge’s Manhattan project as the DOE cleaned up the site to build an industrial park.
I also was a DOE Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training Instructor and taught this class for a few years.
In addition to the PDF, I am including a video from the MERRTT program so you can see how radiological material is packaged for shipping.
The government takes this very seriously, and I have seen shipments cancelled because of rust on a trailer weld. They make sure everything is perfect before the shipment leaves the secure compound so that nothing can fail on the road.
I hope this Technical Bulletin on Transportation Information for US Army Radioactive Commodities and the two videos help reduce your fears.
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