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World Nuclear Transport Institute

The Facts About Nuclear Transport

Nuclear power currently supplies around 16% of the world’s demand for electricity making clean, carbon-free energy available to people the world over. The use of nuclear reactors to produce electricity has required a wide range of radioactive material transports over several decades. The industry has an impressive record of safety and reliability, backed by a stringent regulatory regime.

What is Transported and How?

The transport of radioactive materials has a long history spanning several decades. Over this period a stringent regulatory regime has been developed at both international and national levels.

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Facts and Figures

Each day thousands of shipments of radioactive materials are transported around the world. These consignments which are carried by road, rail, sea and inland waterways can range from smoke detectors, cobalt sources for medical uses, to nuclear fuel cycle materials for electricity generation.

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The transport of radioactive materials is governed by a rigorous, international regulatory framework. And as technology has advanced, so the standards are reviewed and updated to ensure this continues to be the case.

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The materials used in the nuclear fuel cycle industry have traditionally been subject to extensive national protection measures. This responsibility extends to the right of a State to oversee the security measures that are taken during the transport of material originating from or obligated to their country.

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A brief dictionary of words and terms relating to the nuclear industry.

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Frequently asked questions about nuclear transport.

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