Sandia Labs completes nuclear triathlon to test spent fuel safety

The fourth and most recent “triathlon” test used a Spanish nuclear flask, which was sent on a 14,500 mile land and sea voyage that began with 250 miles over main roads and highways using a heavy-haul truck from northern Spain to a seaport, where the cask was transferred to a barge and shipped 1,000 miles along the coast to Belgium. There, it was placed aboard a cargo ship headed for Baltimore, 4,000 miles and a fortnight away. Then the cask was set on a flatbed rail car and passed through 12 states as it covered another 2,000 miles to the Transportation Technology Center Inc facility near Pueblo, Colorado for controlled runs on a 50 mile test track. Finally, the whole thing went in reverse as the cask was sent back to Spain.

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