Educational events to teach about nuclear waste shipping

Published: Sep. 3, 2018 at 6:20 PM CDT
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Educational road shows are being held to teach the public about waste produced from nuclear energy that could be shipped through Nebraska and other states this fall.

The Grand Island Independent reports that the shows provide information about the shipments from Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plane near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Residents will be able to examine the trucks, trailers and containers used during the shipping process. They'll also be able to learn about transportation and safety protocols.

James Mason is with a U.S. Department of Energy. He says the waste typically contains contaminated items like rubber gloves, gowns and tools.

Mason said shipping could begin in the fall or next spring. About five shipments would be handled annually.