Radioactive Waste Shipment Equipment to be Displayed in Mississippi

From: MEMA   3/15/17   GCN

Pearl, Miss-The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Radiological Preparedness is coordinating an informational road show event for all the public, elected officials and responders to learn about highway shipments of radioactive materials that will resume in Mississippi next month.

Shipments of transuranic waste destined for the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM are scheduled to resume in April of 2017 along Interstate 20 in Mississippi. These will be the first shipments received at the facility since the February 2014 incidents. In preparation for the resumption of shipping the DOE Carlsbad Field Office will be conducting road shows along the active transportation routes. The road show will include presentations and discussions with subject matter experts on the WIPP transportation program and the TRUPACT-II package that will be used for these shipments will be on display.

The Mississippi Road Show will take place:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Mississippi State Fire Academy, #1 Fire Academy Road, Pearl

WIPP has safely transported more than 11,800 shipments to the facility, totaling more than 14 million loaded miles. The road show will give attendees the opportunity to see the actual shipping package and become familiar with WIPP transportation protocols. Those attending will have an opportunity to speak with representative from WIPP about the project, transportation requirements and shipping procedures.
For more information on the WIPP program please visit www.wipp.energy.gov.