Seeking Common Ground: Western Governors and the WIPP Transport Campaign

by Robert W. Robison, Nuclear Safety and Energy Facilities, Div, Salem, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


Nine Western States have engaged the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) to prepare for shipments of nuclear weapons waste. These are shipments of transuranic (TRU) wastes from nuclear weapons production facilities to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Western governors convinced the U.S. Secretary of Energy that federal, state, and local governments must work together for safety and public acceptance of these shipments. The Secretary agreed to fund state preparednedd. Through the Western Governors Association, seven states and USDOE are developing complementary safety programs. This project will identify lessons learned for eventual shipments of high level radioactive waste.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Safety | Transportation safety | Public health and safety | Nuclear power | State government | Local government | Equipment and machinery | United States

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