Michael Welch1 
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Re: “Rogue Nuke Truck Closes 36

Moviedad Says "Is it really true that there are Three unaccounted for fuel rods?"

Not exactly, but there three fuel rod segments that are not accounted for. Once the irradiated fuel is out of their spent fuel pool, and they have had a chance to remove the infrastructure in the pool, they may find the missing fuel segments. But chances are they were long ago sent to another facility along with some other junk. Record-keeping and nuclear materials-handling regulations were not as stringent back then as they are now. We will likely never know what happened to those missing fuel segments.

Posted by Michael Welch on 09/01/2008 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Rogue Nuke Truck Closes 36

Jeff Muskrat Says:
Aug. 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I was under the impression that it was against Federal Regulations to transport nuclear material, the reason that Yucca Mountain is still "empty".(supposedly)

Hi Jeff. No, that is not the problem. It is not against the law to transport nuclear material. But there is no permanent place to take high level nuclear waste like irradiated reactor fuel.

But it is definitely unsafe to transport this waste anywhere.

Posted by Michael Welch on 09/01/2008 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Rogue Nuke Truck Closes 36

The other casks came in other ways. This is the fourth cask.

Plus there is no need for security for delivering an empty cask.

Posted by Michael Welch on 08/30/2008 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Rogue Nuke Truck Closes 36

Hi Dottie. Those fuel rods do NOT need to leave the county. I want to make sure that folks understand that while that cask can be used as a shipping cask for irradiated fuel from the Humboldt nuke plant, it is going to be used for on-site storage at the plant site. The fuel rods at the Humboldt plant will likely stay on site forever. This accident is a perfect example of why we do not want PG&E to attempt to move its high-level radioactive waste away from the plant. The cask that is stuck will be filled with fuel rods when it arrives, then lowered into a crypt that is designed to handle the huge earthquake that will eventually occur at the plant site, and is above the likely tsunami water level.

Dottie, I am in Sacramento. If this has not been cleaned up yet, is there any chance you can take some photos for me?

Posted by Michael Welch on 08/30/2008 at 2:21 AM

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