Radiological Waste Transport

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The transportation of radiological waste and other types of radiological materials is a common practice within and through Washoe County. Washoe County roadways, railways, and airways ship different forms of radiological materials on a daily basis. Radioactive materials may be transported through Nevada if U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations are followed.


A radiological incident on a transportation corridor could result in a fire, explosion, dispersion of radiological particles, and direct contamination of people and property. Depending on several factors, communities in the immediate vicinity of the event would be the most vulnerable; however, if the materials are not effectively contained, radioactive materials could spread via air, soil, and/or water contamination. In the immediate aftermath of a radiological incident on a roadway, the materials would pose a substantial risk to first responders and other emergency personnel.


If the type or quantity of radiation exceeds a “Quantity of Concern,” the shipper must notify the state of the
planned time and route. A more restricted category is Highway Route Controlled Quantity (HRCQ), which requires prior notification, and pursuant to a Governor’s directive the shipment and transportation vehicle is inspected, then escorted by the Nevada Highway Patrol.

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