Category Archives: Transportation

Event Reports: Sealed sources run over, failed to retract, involved in transportation accident, and some poor fool gets the Barney-Watching Job

It’s not often that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Event Notification report has a unifying theme, but today’s page has five incidents, all involving sealed-sources containing radioactive material. 1. Terracon Inc. of Colorado Springs reported that a Troxler moisture-density gauge … Continue reading

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Four cylinders of enriched uranium hexafluoride fall almost twenty feet during loading operation at Canadian port

World Nuclear News reported today: Port authorities are investigating how four cylinders containing enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) were dropped during unloading operations in Halifax at Canada’s Nova Scotia. Shortly before 10.00 pm on 13 March, the Halifax Regional Fire and … Continue reading

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Event Report: Radioactive package delivered to wrong address

I learned a long time ago that sometimes the worst thing you can do to a person is to quote them accurately. Here’s a post from yesterday’s Event Notification Report page on the NRC website: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT – PACKAGE … Continue reading

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Event Report: Transportation accident (You know. The thing that never happens.)

On Friday, November 22, 2013, a truck carrying two radiography cameras crashed near Andrews, Texas. The initial report on the NRC website provided few details: “On November 22, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received information from … Continue reading

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Contaminated truck leaves Fukushima nuclear plant site

The Japan News reported earlier today: A concrete mixer truck contaminated with radioactive substances exceeding the limit traveled outside the premises of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Saturday, the company said the same day. A … Continue reading

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Cajon Pass wildfire could pose threat to radioactive waste shipment

It is very difficult to determine if the Cajon Pass wildfire on I-15 in California poses a threat to the truck hauling a 797,000-pound piece of a radioactive steel from a steam generator from the San Onofre nuclear power plant … Continue reading

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Radioactive waste moving through Southern California on way to Utah

  One of the selling points when Waste Control Specialists made its case to the Texas Legislature for permission to build a low-level radioactive waste dump in West Texas was that most low-level waste is innocuous, consisting largely of what … Continue reading

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Event Report: Shipment bound for Bed, Bath & Beyond sets off California radiation sensors

The California Radiation Control Program reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that a shipment set off radiation alarms at the Truckee, California, truck scales last Thursday. Two packages in the shipment indicated Cobalt 60. The packages were bound for Bed, Bath & … Continue reading

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Monday Event Report: A leaking package, enough drugs to share and malfunctioning emergency sirens

From Monday’s NRC Event Reports: 1. Thursday afternoon, the Oconee nuclear power plant in South Carolina reported an accident involving shipment of nuclear materials. If that is a little vague, it’s because the Event Report was less than helpful. Headlined “DAMAGED PACKAGING … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Cut fiber optic lines, a small explosion and a stoned supervisor

Notes from the Columbus Day weekend: 1. Two New York nuclear plants with a total of three reactors were without some emergency notification systems after a traffic accident Friday afternoon. Nine Mile Point reported that multiple annunciators sounded, resulting in the … Continue reading

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