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Heavy problems in transporting dead nuclear reactor, especially in hot weather

Decommissioned nuclear reactor will be heavy load for Nevada roads, By Marvin Clemons Las Vegas Review-Journal May 26, 2020 The nuclear reactor vessel from Southern California’s decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has started to make its way toward Las Vegas by rail. At more than 1.5 million pounds, it will be the largest and heaviest object ever moved on a Nevada road.The vessel is bound for a burial ground in Utah but may sit in California for an undetermined period while experts at the Nevada Department of Transportation work to ensure that it won’t damage the state’s roads as it passes through.

When it does arrive, the 770-ton nuclear reactor vessel will be unloaded from the world’s largest rail car at Apex Industrial Park to be trucked north on eastern Nevada roads before eventually being buried at Clive, Utah, about 75 miles west of Salt Lake City.

But before that leg of the journey, Nevada needs to shore up some drainage structures along the undisclosed route to Wendover, Utah.

“We anticipate that the vessel will get shipped to Apex sometime in early June,” Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Illia said in an email Tuesday. “However, the drainage structures along the transport route through Southern Nevada need reinforcing in order to handle the load. The structures would get crushed like a soda can because the load is so heavy.”

The company hired to deliver the reactor to Utah is Emmert International, which is among the world’s biggest movers of heavy equipment. Workers plan to use heavy-duty hydraulic jacks to support the culverts when the vehicle hauling the reactor passes over, Illia said.

“It would be, by far, the biggest object ever moved on a road in the state,” he said. “Our people have been scratching their heads for months to figure out a route that could work.”………

Security will be making the trip as well.

Any asphalt or road surface could buckle under the 1.5 million-plus pounds of the reactor, plus a shipping skid that adds 7 tons to the total. Making such a shipment during warmer months is a bigger issue than it would be in colder  weather……..


May 28, 2020 - Posted by | safety, USA

1 Comment »

  1. Shows how stupid people in Salt Lake City are. One of the largest nuclear waste dumps, in their back yard. One of the most polluted cities in the world. A truck bringing a large cargo of rad waste to the same dump , had the trailer catch fire, two years ago.

    The same waste and parts, from the San Onofre reactor blew up and caused massive radioactive fires and explosions by beatty nevada a few years ago.

    Watch “Video released of explosion at low-level radioactive waste facility” on YouTube

    Energy solutions has a hundred thousand tons of nuclear waste, buried 40 to 75 miles from Salt Lake City.

    Energy solution’s owner is not American. SLC is A city of 2 million. Shows how stupid those people in Salt Lake are . Show’s how stupid americans are. Most Utahs politicians , who are republicans, are some of the most corrupt in the USA. They got kickbacks to go ahead with this travesty.

    Comment by Heal Utah | May 28, 2020 | Reply

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