The Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project

The Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project is a joint project between CSG Midwest and the U.S. Department of Energy. Since its inception in 1989, this project has helped state governments in the Midwest learn about and provide input into the DOE’s plans for shipping radioactive materials through the region. The cooperative agreement has also enabled states on the shipping routes to receive financial assistance from the DOE in order to prepare for shipments. For more information, contact Melissa Shahzadeh.

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Shipment Planning

The Role of States in Planning Shipments of Radioactive Materials

Since 1998, CSG Midwest has assisted the Midwestern states in planning and preparing for DOE shipments that travel through the region. Through its cooperative agreement with DOE, CSG Midwest brings the states together at regional meetings and in other forums to discuss shipment plans with DOE and the route states in other regions.

Since 2002, CSG Midwest has published and updated a Planning Guide for Shipments of Radioactive Materials through the Midwestern States. The guide contains the region’s recommended practices for all shipments of spent fuel, transuranic waste and high-level radioactive waste that pass through the region. In addition, the Planning Guide contains a state-by-state listing of points-of-contact, state laws, escort and inspection requirements, fees and other information related to planning and scheduling shipments.

For many of DOE’s campaigns, the states have benefited from financial assistance agreements with CSG Midwest. These agreements enable the states to tap DOE funding to reduce the cost to the state of preparing for shipments. Such costs have included training for first responders and hospitals, purchasing equipment, monitoring shipments, attending planning meetings, and inspecting and escorting shipments both at the point of origin and when the shipment is en route.

To learn more about the Midwestern states’ role in shipment planning, contact Mitch Arvidson.


This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Numbers DE-NE0008604, DE-EM0004869, and DE-EM0002327.

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