WIPP - Transportation
The Transportation Shell Game
The DOE's WIPP Transportation program begins with the
assumption that barrels containing untreated, raw plutonium-
contaminated waste can be transported via truck across 22
states with no escorts - and there will never be an accident.
If WIPP opens, 38,000 shipments are scheduled over the
next 35 years. 38,000 shipments and no accidents? This is an
incredibly unrealistic assessment, and most citizens know just
how deadly ONE plutonium-waste spill would be on America's
If accidents do occur, local emergency responders and local
hospitals will be required to handle the emergency. Not only has
the cost of WIPP been passed onto taxpayers, but the
responsiblity of cleanup in the case of accident is ours as well.
Even in New Mexico where intensive preparation has been
ongoing for ten years, DOE experts will take between one and five
hours to arrive at an accident scene.
Is DOE's rosy picture for transportation safety accurate?
Consider that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards for
evaluating WIPP truck canisters were published in the
1960's. Since then the number and kinds of hazardous
materials being transported on our highways have increased
One example: WIPP truck canisters are tested to
withstand heat from jet fuel fires at 1450 degrees F. for a
duration of ½ hour. Today, over 21 chemicals on our highways
burn at temperatures above that level. Propane burns at over
4,000 degrees F.
For a more detailed analysis of the
problems inherit in the WIPP Transportation Program, please read
Summary - Radiation Exposure
from WIPP Trucks.