Overturned rad truck was bound for Oak Ridge

energysolutions-thumb-390x218-23989.jpgA truck that overturned and temporarily shut down a section of Interstate 81 in Maryland was hauling “radioactive cleaning suits” from the Three Mile Island power plant and was bound for EnergySolutions’ waste-processing facililty in Oak Ridge.

The Associated Press, citing a release from the Maryland State Police, reported that I-81 in western Maryland was reopened late Wednesday following the accident. There was a four-hour cleanup operation at the site, AP stated.

Police said hazardous materials crews indicated the cargo — two sealed shipping containers — was declared safe. According to the report, the incident was blamed on distracted driving, and the driver was cited by police.

Mark Walker, a spokesman for EnergySolutions, confirmed that the shipment was en route to the company’s Bear Creek Facility in Oak Ridge for treatment.

“”The material being transported was headed for Bear Creek to be processed,” Walker said via email. “The shipment has been loaded onto another trailer and is back on the road headed for Bear Creek to be processed.”

The Bear Creek Facility in Oak Ridge has a broad-range of treatment operations for radioactive waste, including sorting, compaction and incineration.

After the radioactive shipment arrives in Oak Ridge, the material will be processed and then shipped to the EnergySolutions landfill in Utah for disposal, Walker said.

KNS photo/Michael Patrick

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