Nuclear rod shipment planned from LaSalle County to Canada

By: Pascal

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The LaSalle County Nuclear Generating Station wants to ship about 45 pounds of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods to a Canadian testing facility.

Excelon Generation states that the rods will be packed inside a 24-ton, heavily shielded shipping cask for shipment from the plant near Marseilles.

The company has asked the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission for highway route approval to Port Huron, Michigan. A commission spokeswoman says the shipment’s route and timing are kept secret for security reasons.

Kevin Kamps of the environmental group Beyond Nuclear calls the transport casks “woefully inadequate for real-world accidents or attacks.” The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says it hasn’t received an application for allowing the shipment.