Small Radioactive Spill Shuts Down Rail

Small Radioactive Spill Shuts Down Rail

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The U-S Department of Energy has temporarily stopped rail shipments from a radioactive cleanup site in Tennessee after a container en route to a Utah facility spilled.

The spill was discovered when the rail car reached Envirocare of Utah, where low-level nuclear waste is stored and processed. It involved "less than a shovel-full" of mildly contaminate soil from the Oak Ridge, Tennessee site. That's according to Envirocare spokeswoman Julie Banks.

The waste did not escape the rail car, and there was never any danger to the public or the environment, she said.

Even so, the Energy Department has sent inspectors to Envirocare to investigate the spill, which was discovered January 22nd.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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