Lethal liquid from Chalk River to be moved to South Carolina facility

by Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen, March 20, 2014

OTTAWA Armed convoys of trucks ferrying intensely radioactive liquid through eastern Ontario to the United States will be delayed for at least another 17 months, according to the U.S. government.

The Department of Energy, in its 2015 budget request to Congress released Wednesday, says the controversial shipments are not expected to begin moving to a U.S. nuclear reprocessing plant until September 2015, two years later than originally planned.

No reason was given, but the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) has slowed the anticipated approval process with extended questioning about the design of the steel casks to carry the 23,000 litres of toxic cargo to the Savanah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina. A USNRC container certification decision is anticipated in June.

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