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Nuclear Waste Shipments Have Two Possible Routes in Missouri

September 13, 2000
By: Erin Guyer
State Capital Bureau

Few roadblocks remain in the Department of Energy's plan to ship nuclear waste across the nation on I-70. Erin Guyer has more from the State Capitol.

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While nuclear cargo was not sent across Interstate 70 in Missouri this summer, future shipments may cut through the Show Me state.

The waste will be taken to one of two possible sites in the West, using either I-70 or Union Pacific railways. Kevin Kamps at the Nuclear Information Resource Service says either option poses a threat to public safety.

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OutCue: "...not even close." Contents: Kamps says casks containing the waste are not adequate to protect the public in the event of a disaster.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it treats hazardous waste like all other shipments, making sure trucks have permits and meet safety guidelines.

In Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer...KMOX News.


Nuclear waste may be rolling through the Show Me state soon...either by rail or Interstate 70. Erin Guyer has the story from the State Capitol.

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While shipments of spent nuclear fuel await permanent sites in the west, the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decide how such shipments will be made. Proposals include truck routes across I-70 and rail shipments on Union Pacific tracks. But Kevin Kamps at the Nuclear Information Resource Service says either option puts the public in danger.

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OutCue: "...for an area."
Contents: Kamps says the high level nuclear waste that would be transported is highly toxic, even in small amounts.

Once a destination site is secured and a transportation route is planned, nuclear shipments could cross the state in a year.

In Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer...KMOX News.