During transportation, the most important safety functions are fulfilled by the waste packaging. This packaging must provide shielding and contain the waste (prevent incidents and contamination while the waste is being handled). The ADR, Accord Européen relatif au Transport des Merchandises Dangereuses par Route, determines the international rules for the transportation of dangerous materials by road and rail.
COVRA has a transport & logistics service with a safety advisor who is specialised in the transportation of radioactive waste. The advisor provides advice on how to meet ADR-transport requirements during transportation.
More information on ADR, class 7 transport requirements can be found in publication 32 of the Dutch Society for Radiation Protection [Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stralingshygiëne]: The transportation of radioactive materials by road in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Figures for 2018
In 2018, 137 road transports with radioactive waste were carried out. Of these, 70 were made by a tractor/trailer-combination and 67 by special van. The total distance travelled by road was 49,632 km. Last year, 12 transports of depleted uranium were carried out for COVRA by rail, and COVRA’s private railway track for the supply and removal of containers to and from the nuclear plant was used twice.