Canadians driving on vacation in eastern Ontario this summer may be sharing the road with shipments of highly radioactive nuclear waste.
The Ottawa Citizen reports the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has confirmed plans to send a shipment of liquid, bomb-grade uranium via truck convoys to South Carolina from the nuclear facility at Chalk River, about two hours north of Ottawa.
Officials wouldn't confirm the route or timing of the secret convoys but the Citizen said documents filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission suggest the shipments to the U.S. reprocessing plant could begin in August.
“This does seem to be an unprecedented, cross-border shipment of liquid high-level waste and, for that reason alone, it needs the highest order of environmental review on both sides of the border,” Tom Clements, a South Carolina campaign co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth and former executive-director of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington, DC, told the Citizen.
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