Transport Of Radioactive Materials

Approximately 2,500,000 packages of radioactive materials are shipped per year in the United States. The vast majority of these shipments involves small or intermediate quantities of material in relatively small packages. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has regulatory responsibility for safety in the transportation of radioactive materials. The DOT updates transport regulations to keep pace with the changing transportation scene. The NRC has promulgated requirements, in 10 CFR Part 71, for licensees delivering radioactive materials for transport. The principle sources of federal regulations pertaining to trans port of radioactive materials are listed in Table 11.28.1. An excellent review of DOT regulations is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (DOT 1983).

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