Radioactive waste from Ohio begins its journey to Texas
The first shipment of radioactive waste from a long-closed uranium foundry near Cincinnati will begin its journey from the plant to a storage facility near the Texas-New Mexico border this afternoon.
It's the first of an estimated two thousand shipments of a Cold War-era radioactive material that has been stored at the aging Fernald plant since the 1950s. The shipments represent the last major hurdle in completing a four billion dollar environmental cleanup being paid for by taxpayers.
Government officials say the material does not pose a great risk to humans. They say should a highway accident occur, emergency responders would treat it just like they would a chemical or gasoline spill.