Low-level nuclear waste transport update

Image: Trailer hauling nuclear waste

UPDATE 8-11: The transport vehicle arrived in Bishop Wednesday night and is now parked just to the north of Eastern Sierra Motors.  CHP Officer Roberts said the rig is scheduled to depart tonight (Thursday) around 8pm.


Officials assure that the low-level nuclear waste transport headed up Highway 395 to Inyo County towns will not adversely affect the public.  According to Southern California Edison’s Gil Alexander, “There is no risk to the public.”  Local California Highway Patrol Officer Laura Roberts agreed.  She said that CHP information says even if someone stood next to the truck for an hour, the radiation would equal that of a dental X-ray.

The unusual transport, a 400-foot truck that carries tons of low-level radioactive steam generator parts, had made it to the Pearsonville area as of today, Wednesday.  The load will go up 395 to Highway 6 and on to Clive, Utah and a nuclear waste dump.

CHP Officer Roberts said that the CHP would probably pick up the transport Wednesday night, get it to Lone Pine or further and stop.  CHP Division officers were expected to come to the area Thursday to escort the rig to the Wye Road area of Bishop where, like other much smaller trucks, the transport would park and remain for 24 hours,leaving Wye Road Saturday.  Roberts explained that various complications could alter the schedule.

This has been called a massive production and the first of four such transports from San Onofre to Utah that will take place through the end of the year.  The next transport may head through the Eastern Sierra in September.  Southern California Edison is handling the transports which will mostly take place at night.


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8 Responses to Low-level nuclear waste transport update

  1. Ken Warner August 10, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Now everybody, don’t get excited. Unless you are standing by the road and see it go by, it is pretty much a non-event.

    Would be interesting to see though. A 400 foot long truck — wow!

  2. J.H. August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Just in case, I’m putting on my leaded pajama’s tonight.

  3. JaneE August 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I saw this in parked in Adelanto yesterday and near Pearsonville today. It is BIG. It looks like a giant scissors jack at each end. You just know it is moving something really heavy.

  4. Compassionate One August 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Well, I guess I haven’t had a dental X-ray in the last six months so it seems okay. We are once more asked to trust the nuclear industry. I hope we are not mistaken in our trust.

    A shout out to Cal-Trans for maintaining safe roads for this transport. Can you imagine a huge pothole and a very very heavy truck….I don’t want to.

  5. upthecreek August 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    “Low-level nuclear waste transport update
    Officials assure that the low-level nuclear waste transport headed up Highway 395 to Inyo County towns will not adversely affect the public.”

    Any time the “so called officials” say something like this You should be concerned .

    and what does (will not adversely effect the public) mean???????

    poor poor sheeple

    • Eamon October 12, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      Pretty obvious you know nothing of nuclear physics…..I feel sorry for the sheeple known as “up the creek” who buys into so many National Enquirer stories.

  6. Big Rick August 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    How would you like to be BEHIND this road-train while it goes over Montgomery Pass?

  7. bobbie lee swagger August 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    note to self ; don’t go looking at used vehicles in bishop this evening


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