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Radioactive Waste Leaves Ohio

Shipment of radioactive waste leaves Ohio for Texas

The first of an expected two-thousand shipments of Cold-war era uranium by-product waste left the site of a former uranium processing plant near Cincinnati today bound for Texas.

Two steel canisters holding about 20-thousand pounds of radioactive waste each were onboard the truck bound for a storage site at Andrews, Texas, near the Texas-New Mexico border. The truck was accompanied by a lead car as it started its 13-hundred-mile journey from the long-closed Fernald plant site about noon.

Officials in charge of cleanup at the Fernald site say shipping of the waste eventually will be up to about 15 trucks per day. About 45-thousand tons of waste will be shipped over the next nine to ten months.

The trucking company transporting the material says its drivers have been trained to watch for any suspicious people or vehicles as they make their way along the route.

State troopers and other authorities in states along the route are aware of the shipment.

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