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(WRAL)   A truck carrying four 1,000-gallon containers crashed, causing two of them to fall off the truck. Hopefully these containers were not full with any type of dangerous material. Oh, dear   (wral.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Interstate Highway System, Interstate 95, 1,000-gallon containers of uranium hexafluoride, Hittman Transport Services, North Carolina, Hazmat teams, Pennsylvania Turnpike, good safety record  
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2021-03-31 3:59:02 PM  
"The truck was operated by Hittman Transport Services..." Those are Vlad's Po-210 guys, I guess they're not used to driving the uranium around.
 
2021-03-31 4:48:55 PM  
You want Return of the Living Dead? This is how you get Return of the Living Dead.
 
2021-03-31 4:49:41 PM  
UF6 is nasty, nasty, stuff.

Fortunately they design those containers to survive re-entry so bouncing off the highway shouldn't rupture them.
 
2021-03-31 5:35:53 PM  

RolandTGunner: Fortunately they design those containers to survive re-entry so bouncing off the highway shouldn't rupture them.


shouldn't.
 
2021-03-31 5:36:14 PM  

RolandTGunner: UF6 is nasty, nasty, stuff.

Fortunately they design those containers to survive re-entry so bouncing off the highway shouldn't rupture them.


Came here to say "run away, and never stop running."
 
2021-03-31 5:36:58 PM  
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2021-03-31 5:38:40 PM  
Hopefully they put up signs saying, "Sorry. Someone dropped a nuclear bomb. You may be sitting here awhile."
 
2021-03-31 5:39:12 PM  
only a few violations in two years....?
i drove hazmat for over a decade and did not even get a worn tire warning or light out !
 
2021-03-31 5:41:58 PM  
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2021-03-31 5:42:15 PM  
Send in this guy:
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2021-03-31 5:42:29 PM  

WTP 2: only a few violations in two years....?
i drove hazmat for over a decade and did not even get a worn tire warning or light out !


Sounds like you wasted time and effort being an over-achiever.
 
2021-03-31 5:42:40 PM  
"Uranium Hexafluoride", to me, always sounded like some miracle toothpaste ingredient.

New *CRELM* toothpaste!  *NOW* with Uranium Hexafluoride, for that *glowing* smile!
 
2021-03-31 5:43:34 PM  
Fark you now I got that damn song stuck in my head.

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I dunno what I like about the music video better: Cute fluffy puppets, women kicking ass, or that a bunch of  white men are trapped in a slave dungeon by Mexican cock fighters.
 
M-G
2021-03-31 5:44:41 PM  
Containers for that kind of stuff can survive a lot more than falling off a truck.

DOT records show only five citations for hazardous materials issues since March 2019, but only one of those involved failure to comply with regulations. Two of the citations were for improper placards, while two others were for a package not being labeled properly and a lack of paperwork.

Sorry, but how is being cited for improper placards and paperwork not a failure to comply with regulations?
 
2021-03-31 5:46:27 PM  
If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.
 
2021-03-31 5:46:36 PM  
Problem:

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Solution:

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2021-03-31 5:47:39 PM  

bughunter: Send in this guy:
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Dammit!

/ *pout*
 
2021-03-31 5:52:55 PM  
DOT records show only five citations for hazardous materials issues since March 2019, but only one of those involved failure to comply with regulations. Two of the citations were for improper placards, while two others were for a package not being labeled properly and a lack of paperwork.

All five of those are in the regulations.

Also, calling them "1000 gallon" is misleading. The UF6 is shipped as a solid, and the package is a "Type B" container, with a bunch of layers of protection.

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Maybe a certain Farkette* will show up to talk about it.
*Ring- um, "circular pneumbra"
 
2021-03-31 5:55:14 PM  
My Eyes! The Goggles Do Nothing! (The Simpsons)
Youtube PWFF7ecArBk
 
2021-03-31 5:59:48 PM  
Isn't this part of Daredevil's origin story?
 
2021-03-31 6:00:29 PM  

burnsy06: Hopefully they put up signs saying, "Sorry. Someone dropped a nuclear bomb. You may be sitting here awhile."


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2021-03-31 6:01:18 PM  

RolandTGunner: UF6 is nasty, nasty, stuff.

Fortunately they design those containers to survive re-entry so bouncing off the highway shouldn't rupture them.


Modern Marvels had an episode with them in it and they hit them with cars, trains, explosives you name it they did it to them. It was pretty cool
 
2021-03-31 6:01:44 PM  
Give the whole state a Silkwood shower.
 
2021-03-31 6:04:10 PM  

valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.


Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.
 
2021-03-31 6:06:04 PM  

Unobtanium: valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.

Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.


You can use a top load washing machine.
 
2021-03-31 6:06:23 PM  
UHex is a highly restricted compound, and in the past, any transport was usually protected by federal agents or the military, and carried on a slow moving convoy. So this is kinda strange.
 
2021-03-31 6:10:07 PM  

AintNoAmoeba: Isn't this part of Daredevil's origin story?


and TMNT.
 
2021-03-31 6:14:07 PM  
"Eight vehicles were sidelined during 280 vehicle inspections during that time, but its 2.9 percent out-of-service rate was far below the national average of 27 percent."

Now this terrifies me...
 
2021-03-31 6:14:14 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: UHex is a highly restricted compound, and in the past, any transport was usually protected by federal agents or the military, and carried on a slow moving convoy. So this is kinda strange.


FTA: averaging 8 million miles a year and 300 radioactive transports per month

I guess these are pretty routine. Would be costly for the tax payer to have escorts for that many transports.
 
2021-03-31 6:17:59 PM  

DORMAMU: "Eight vehicles were sidelined during 280 vehicle inspections during that time, but its 2.9 percent out-of-service rate was far below the national average of 27 percent."

Now this terrifies me...



Good on Hittman though, they seem to have their shiat together.
 
2021-03-31 6:24:21 PM  
It seems a little extravagant for the headline in TFA to refer to "radioactive material" when the half-life involved is some mix of 4.5bn year and 700m years. Technically yes, it's radioactive, but not so as you'd notice.
 
2021-03-31 6:25:19 PM  

Unobtanium: valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.

Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.


You mean you don't?
 
2021-03-31 6:25:44 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: UHex is a highly restricted compound, and in the past, any transport was usually protected by federal agents or the military, and carried on a slow moving convoy. So this is kinda strange.


That's not true. UF6 moves by commercial carrier all the time, and has throughout my career in transportation. So do a number of other radioactive materials, including other fissile nuclides. Until you get to certain quantities, forms of material, or use in weapons systems, does it then ride on the Department of Energy secure transports.

The UF6 in those packages is probably only slightly enriched. It was probably going to a reactor fuel plant. I think there's a commercial (former Westinghouse) plant in South Carolina.

New and used reactor fuel, huge quantities of Cobalt 60 (used in food, blood and medical instrument irradiation), and nuclear waste all move by commercial carrier sometimes with limited, if any, escort.
 
2021-03-31 6:26:44 PM  

Prof. Frink: Unobtanium: valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.

Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.

You mean you don't?


The IAEA made me dismantle it.
 
2021-03-31 6:27:04 PM  

Unobtanium: valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.

Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.


Dammit... Username and all that.
 
2021-03-31 6:29:30 PM  

SurelyShirley: Problem:

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Solution:

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In that image up and to the left I see the missing cylinder with a HUGE dent in it. I hope there was no leakage.
 
2021-03-31 6:36:12 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Give the whole state a Silkwood shower.


I'm old enough to get that reference
 
2021-03-31 6:36:39 PM  

RolandTGunner: UF6 is nasty, nasty, stuff.

Fortunately they design those containers to survive re-entry so bouncing off the highway shouldn't rupture them.


You pretty much have to be a MUTO to crack those containers open.
 
2021-03-31 6:39:59 PM  
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Fixed that for you.
 
2021-03-31 6:41:04 PM  

Prof. Frink: Unobtanium: valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.

Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.

You mean you don't?


I like AVLIS, tyvm :P
 
2021-03-31 6:43:27 PM  
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2021-03-31 6:49:47 PM  

PureBounds: DORMAMU: "Eight vehicles were sidelined during 280 vehicle inspections during that time, but its 2.9 percent out-of-service rate was far below the national average of 27 percent."

Now this terrifies me...


Good on Hittman though, they seem to have their shiat together.


Absolutely.

But why the trucking industry has a double digit "the law says your truck ain't safe" rate , let alone 1 out of 4.

1 out of 4 trucks weighing 80k to 120k are driving around you are un safe to the point politicians & beaurcrats have decided it is better to annoy the money than take the money
 
2021-03-31 6:52:01 PM  
A toxic waste spill in Faylujah?  How could they tell?
 
2021-03-31 6:52:52 PM  
I can fix that right up...

/it'll buff right out

//permanent orange afro
 
2021-03-31 6:54:09 PM  

GrendelMk1: Prof. Frink: Unobtanium: valenumr: If you ever wanted to build a nuke, now's your chance.

Only if you have a bunch of centrifuges or a gaseous diffusion plant.

You mean you don't?

I like AVLIS, tyvm :P


Perv.

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2021-03-31 7:05:57 PM  

Sub Human: SurelyShirley: Problem:

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Solution:

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In that image up and to the left I see the missing cylinder with a HUGE dent in it. I hope there was no leakage.


As the crow flies, it's more than 2300 miles downwind from me, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2021-03-31 7:07:19 PM  
Fun Fact: Hex is actually made by combining Uranium with this stuff.
 
2021-03-31 7:07:20 PM  
Words: How IAEA tested these containers.

But better:
1978 New York Tests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?​v=Bu1YFs​hFuI4
You still watch this one in fissionables handling here. It's got the voice over dude from all the "hygiene" films from my brief stint in Catholic School. 1:10 for a similar cask.

Moderner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJrr1​1​pq8ZY

But, again, You can buy fissionables without a license and have them shipped with USPS, fed ex, UPS, etc.
https://unitednuclear.com/index.php?m​a​in_page=index&cPath=2_5
 
2021-03-31 7:13:37 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: AintNoAmoeba: Isn't this part of Daredevil's origin story?

and TMNT.


Alternatively, according to Wayne from Letterkenny:
"You stopped toe-curling in the hot tub 'cause you heard sperm stay alive in there and you've seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles enough times to know how that story ends."
 
2021-03-31 7:21:22 PM  
1978 New York Tests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=Bu1YFshFuI4

Whoops. Those were Sandia, not Knolls. The sand outside should have told me.
 
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