The idea of transporting nuclear materials can make people nervous.
While the rules are revised periodically, the fact remains that nuclear materials are transported safely all the time.
By far the majority of shipments involve small quantities of nuclear materials.
Millions of these shipments are made each year and arrive at their destination without incident.
Smaller shipments must be made in compliance with DOT regulations for shipping hazardous materials.
The greater the potential risk of the contents, the more stringent DOT’s packaging requirements are.
The DOT regulations limit how much radioactivity can be transported in each package.
That way, no transport accident involving these small shipments would pose a serious health threat.
But what about larger amounts of radioactive materials? In addition to having to meet DOT requirements, more radioactive cargo such as spent fuel must meet NRC regulations for nuclear materials packaging and transport in 10 CFR Part 71.
These regulations include very detailed requirements for shipping under normal conditions, as well as stringent tests to show the packages can withstand severe accidents.