Nuclear Waste Could Be Sharing The Road With Ark-La-Tex Drivers

By Jonathan McCall - bio | email

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - "I don't believe there has been a transport like this in this area."

Tons of nuclear waste including clothes, equipment, tools and other items used to make the first atom bomb that have sat for years, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, will soon be making it's way to an underground permanent storage facility in New Mexico, in a route straight through the heart of the Ark-La-Tex.

"We don't anticipate any problems with these trucks coming through."

"Anywhere from 60 to 120 shipments of the nuclear waste will pass through the Shreveport-Bossier area over a three year period."

Officials in Shreveport and Bossier say the risk associated with the nuclear waste is very low, but they'll be on high alert in case of emergency.

"We have things in place that will help give us information to deal with those types of things."

The materials will be transported in 3-20 thousand pound casks which are designed to break away during an accident at that point, officials say they wouldn't be concerned about a possible leak but instead the impact of the casks hitting a car.

"We know the containers that these materials are being shipped in are very durable, as well as the vehicles carrying them."