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Illinois and Great Lakes brace for nuclear waste traffic



By Julie Deardorff
Chicago Tribune staff reporter
July 14, 2002

As the federal government moves closer to approving Yucca Mountain as the graveyard for spent fuel from nuclear power plants, Illinois and other states must prepare for the decades-long procession of trucks, trains and barges hauling the material to Nevada.

In Illinois, a transportation crossroads, mobile nuclear waste could be a near-daily phenomenon. More than 69,000 single-container shipments of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel could be carted through the state--and possibly on barges across the Great Lakes--during the first 38 years of operation after the Yucca Mountain site opens in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Currently, fewer than 10 shipments of nuclear waste travel across Illinois each year.

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