Safety Compliance Oversight Plan for Rail Transportation of High Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel. Enduring 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) and high level radioactive waste (HLRW). These materials have been transported safely by rail in the U.S. for more than 40 years. In the mid 1980s, partly as a result of the rail shipment from the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, FRA implemented its High Level Nuclear Waste Rail Transportation Inspection Policy 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. Nevertheless, past rail shipping campaigns have shown that the nature of the potential hazards associated with radioactive materials elicits a high degree of public awareness and concern regarding the safety and integrity of SNF and HLRW shipments by rail.

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    Federal Railroad Administration

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  • Publication Date: 1998-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 38p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2005 3:43PM