Monday, March 13th 2017, 7:57 pm EDT
Posted by Marsha Thompson, News Anchor
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Starting in April, low level radioactive waste will once again be transported through Mississippi. The shipments will go to the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico.
Inside MEMA headquarters are reminders of past nuclear radiation symbols and instruments. Decades later, different preparations are about to get underway as shipments of the waste are carried along Interstate 20 west.
MEMA spokesman, Greg Flynn. “These are very low level,” said MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn. “Basically, it’s radioactive trash from what I understand, some gloves, booties and hats from a nuclear facility that are just going out to the storage facility in New Mexico.”
The shipments resume more than three years after they were stopped in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at the Carlsbad field office in New Mexico. The nuclear storage plant was closed.
MEMA officials are in a pro active mode, getting information out via a road show event this week along the active transportation routes.
“You get to see what the containers look like,” said Flynn. “You get to talk to the experts who can tell you why it’s 100% safe what is coming through here. It is very low level stuff. So to put a lot of rumors to rest, the Department Of Energy is being very proactive and they are doing this all along the route out to New Mexico.”
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