Risks of transporting of irradiated fuel and nuclear materials in the UK

Last edited 28 March 2006 at 8:00am
Publication date: 
28 March, 2006

Prepared by Large & Associates, Nuclear Consultants

Summary

This review examines the hazards, risk and potential consequences associated with the transport movements of irradiated (spent) nuclear fuel in the United Kingdom. It identifies potential accidents and malevolent acts that could severely damage a spent fuel transportation flask, thereby enabling the release of radioactivity, in the form of particles and aerosols, and the corresponding health risk imposed on unprotected members of public.

Because the rail routes take the spent fuel trains through major urban conurbations (London, Bristol etc), many thousands of population could be subject to radiation exposure in the aftermath of such an event.

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