Policy and Guidance

Safety Compliance Oversight Plan for Rail Transportation of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel

  • 26
  • Jun
  • 1998
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: transportation of radioactive materials
ABSTRACT: Ensuring the Safe, Routine Rail Transportation of Foreign Research Reactor Spent Nuclear Fuel ; The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has regulatory oversight for the safety of railroad operations within the United States. Ranking at the top of FRA’s priorities is the safety of rail shipments involving Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF)1 and High-Level Radioactive Waste (HLRW)2. These materials have been transported safely by rail in the United States for more than 40 years. In the mid-1980s, partly as a result of the rail shipments from the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, FRA implemented its High-Level Nuclear Waste Rail Transportation Inspection Policy3 for all known rail shipments of SNF and HLRW. Under FRA’s Inspection Policy, there has never been a rail accident or incident involving the transportation of SNF or HLRW that has resulted in a release of the material from the packaging. Furthermore, there has never been a single death or injury resulting from a rail shipment of radioactive material.
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