New Maps Show Connecticut Would Be a Corridor For Extremely Dangerous and Radioactive Nuclear Waste Shipments
More than 1,600 shipments of high-level nuclear waste would cross through Connecticut if plans for the country’s first nuclear waste repository in Nevada move forward.
Each shipment would contain several times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast released, with 20 to 50 tons of irradiated fuel assemblies in each canister.
A U.S. Department of Energy risk assessment concluded that accidents transporting the waste from the nation’s nuclear plant sites to the proposed Yucca Mountain site would be a certainty, projecting 50 to 260 accidents over the 20 years of transport being considered.
Today the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone released new maps of the likely routes radioactive shipments would use, joining dozens of environmental and clean energy groups across the country in the launch of the “Stop Fukushima Freeways” campaign.
The groups oppose transport of high-level nuclear waste from nuclear reactors until a proven safe storage option is available. They want state residents to weigh in with Congress, which is expected to consider nuclear waste storage in the new term.
Connecticut interstate I-84 and rail lines would provide conduits for shipments of highly radioactive spent fuel that has accumulated from nuclear reactors in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts as well as from Connecticut Yankee and Millstone in Connecticut. The transports would pass through Hartford, the state capital, and densely populated areas before joining the flow of nuclear waste through cities and towns across America.
“Connecticut is not ready for mass transportation of nuclear waste,” said Nancy Burton, Coalition director. “First responders are not even trained let alone equipped to handle a rad waste accident.”
“An accident involving tons of nuclear waste in Connecticut could shut down state government, force thousands to evacuate their homes, schools and business and contaminate untold square miles with radiation,” Burton added.
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The “Stop Fukushima Freeways” campaign is being coordinated by NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service), based in the Washington DC area.
Note to Editors: NIRS invites the news media to join a Tele-Briefing with national experts today at 2-3 PM. Dr. Fred Dilger of Black Mountain Research (author of new nuclear waste transport maps) and Dr. Marvin Resnikoff of Radioactive Waste Management Associates and long-time expert on nuclear waste shipments, will both be available. Call: 605-562-3140 and enter code: 723281#