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Hazmat team called in after semi rollover near Swift Current | CTV Regina News
Like really? Why is a powdered form of Uranium being trucked around?
Low level processed, not even yellow cake.
Hey, it is in Canada, not here.
Perhaps my socialist cousins will go and lick it up.
I do believe the next step up will require it to be in sealed drums for shipment.
25% of our electric power is generated by uranium fission. How else to move it around?
When pelletized it is shipped in armored, secured containers with security guards.
That's how it is moved around from the mines in Northern Sask to the enrichment facilities in Ontario and the US. It is at a relatively low level of radio activity at this stage, yellow cake compared to fuel rods. It is usually carried in sealed drums in a van trailer until it is processed into a higher grade. Most of the uranium produced in Canada if not the world is trucked through our city every day; I don't lose any sleep over it, they have a system in place that is very structured and works. On the rare occasion that there is a spill they are on it very fast and get it cleaned up.
Yeah apparently it was 63 drums of concentrate on the truck that rolled.
Not sure how many drums of concentrate would be neede to make a dirty bomb, but its sort of suprising this stuff doesn't have escort you know even some transports have a safety drive in front and or behind it.
It is just sort of suprising to me that this sort of thing can happen, uranium in my mind is just one of those things you want safely stored and secured not something that would get into a traffic accident.
Apparently they have hazmat protocol to set up a safety zone around the vehicle.
Of course that takes out another major highway until it gets cleaned up
highway 4 is a north south artery that intersects the transcanada highway at swift current
It causes quite the diversion of traffic heading from Saskatoon Sasketchewan to the US border. (about 100-150 mile detour)
had it occured only 5 to 10 minutes later the transcanada would have been cut off and likely major quarentine issues in swift current itself.
Last edited by Will2; 01-11-2016 at 11:57 PM.