Nuclear Facts – Transportation

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Every day, Canadians working in nuclear ship thousands of packages of radioactive material – many of them across the world. In five decades, there has been no transportation incident with significant radiological damage to people or the environment.

Many materials are radioactive, including much naturally occurring rock and soil. Most of the radiation to which Canadians are exposed comes from natural sources including sunlight, and most of the remainder comes from medical uses. Radioactive shipments include medical isotopes, some smoke detectors, gauges and instruments, nuclear reactor fuel, uranium, and cobalt for

Of more than 1,000 emergency calls received in 2009 by Transport Canada relating to dangerous goods, only five (half of one percent) pertained to radioactive materials. Most of the calls were related to corrosive or flammable

Learn More:

World Nuclear Transport Institute: www.wnti.co.uk (click the “safe transport” video)
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission: http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/about/regulated/packaging
Transport Canada: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/safety-menu.htm
International Air Transport Association: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Pages/index.aspx
International Atomic Energy Agency: http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/bottlenecks.html