Trains the best way to carry US nuclear waste

2019-03-02 04:10:00

IF YOU discount terror attacks and fires, then transporting spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain in Nevada or elsewhere for storage would be safe, or so said members of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) last week. Disposing of waste from the US’s 103 operating nuclear plants would require daily shipments for 20 years. According to the NAS study, the material could be moved in 55,000 truckloads, or 9600 dedicated trainloads and 1000 truckloads. The panel “much preferred the rail option”, says its chairman Neal Lane,