Unintentional Stoppages of Trucks Hauling High-Level Nuclear Waste in Nevada

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by Theodore S. Glickman, Resources for the Future, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991:

Abstract: Any unintentional stoppage of trucks hauling high-level nuclear waste in Nevada could intensify public concerns about the negative impacts of the Yucca Mountain project. This paper provides estimates of the expected number and frequency of such stoppages under several alternative scenarios for the routing and volume of the anticipated truck shipments. At least twice as many truck stoppages are expected to occur on freeways as on non-freeways, and at least twice as many are expected to occur in rural areas as in other areas. The expected frequency of such stoppages in the state is estimated to range from about 3 per year to one every 3 1/2 years. About one in every 4 of the stoppages is expected to take place in Las Vegas and 3 out of every 4 are expected to be non-accidents such as mechanical disablements. The minimum duration of the stoppages is expected to be on the order of half an hour for disablements and an hour for accidents.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Trucks | Traffic accidents | Public opinions | Highways and roads | Rural areas | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Nevada | North America | United States | Las Vegas

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