Derailed! What if it had been nuclear waste?


On February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train derailed near East Palestine, Ohio, near the border with Pennsylvania. About three dozen cars derailed overall, 11 of which were carrying hazardous material. As one resident said, “This is our Chernobyl.” While the materials on board were not radioactive, they still provide evidence that supports concerns about the shipping of nuclear waste materials by train to the proposed so-called “interim” storage facilities in the American southwest.

To learn more, Libbe HaLevy spoke with Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist at Beyond Nuclear for this week’s edition of Nuclear Hotseat.

And, with a year now gone by since Russia first invaded Ukraine, new developments in the war there have put the country’s 15 reactors in ever greater danger of meltdown. Linda Pentz Gunter of Beyond Nuclear looks at the current risks in this week’s Hot Story. (Headline photo of East Palestine train derailment by National Transportation Safety Board)


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