Southern California Edison (SCE) is about to begin shipping the last of four retired steam generator lower assemblies from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station via truck to a disposal site in Clive, Utah. As at the plant, safety is the No. 1 priority during the transport, which will safely pass through San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties before entering Nevada and Utah.
The steam generator is approximately 700,000 pounds and will be transported by a special 400-foot-long vehicle. The steam generator contains extremely low levels of radiation; the exposure that a person could receive standing five-to-10 feet away from the transport for an hour would be equivalent to a dental x-ray. The transport will travel by night in California and take approximately three weeks to arrive in Utah.
Read more at Final Shipment of Original Steam Generator to Utah to Begin
We know that no level of radiation can be asserted to be safe. We also should worry about the state of US infrastructure as such shipments (“400-foot-long vehicle”) are made over such long distances. A good demonstration of how citizens are constantly exposed to risk in the nuclear age.