The DOE is trying to transport radioactive waste to places that don’t exist
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) recently asked different organizations to come up with ideas on how the federal government should get the rail cars that it needs to haul 150 tons of radioactive waste to disposal sites. What the DOE forgot, however, is that there aren’t any disposal sites to haul the radioactive waste to.
Despite the fact that the DOE is already working on ways to transport the radioactive waste, there is, as of yet, no place to transport it to. The federal government plans to have an interim site ready by 2021 for testing purposes at an unknown location. The radioactive waste’s permanent home will not be ready until 2048, also at an unknown location.
Everett Redmond of the Nuclear Energy Institute has said “You don’t want to wait until you’re close to opening the facility to try and design a rail car.” It is important to take every aspect of hauling such hazardous cargo into account. The train would require special buffer cars in order to protect the crew from any radiation that comes from the material that’s being hauled in the requested containers.