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Nuke Waste Transit Needs|Armed Escorts, NRC Says

WASHINGTON (CN) - Shipments of spent nuclear fuel between secured nuclear facilities will have continuous armed escorts and other new security measures, under a proposed Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule meant to reduce to risk of theft of radioactive material.

The shipments also will have to contain devices that allow continuous tracking of the shipment from a central control facility, which, along with the armed escort, will be able to observe any deviation of the shipment from newly required preplanned routes that are meant to minimize the exposure risk to large population centers.

Additionally, shipment vehicles and the armed escorts must carry at least two different devices that are not subject to interference from the same sources of disruption to communicate with the transport control and monitoring center.

Drivers and armed escorts must undergo rigorous criminal background checks including fingerprint tracing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and every shipment must be reported to the Commission at least two days before it is to occur so that Commission can deploy emergency response resources as needed.

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