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Radioactive Transportation

As the state motto "The Crossroads of America" suggests, Indiana is a major thoroughfare of both hazardous and non-hazardous commodities, along highway, rail, and pipeline. Indiana has more than eleven thousand miles of highway roads, including 14 interstate highways: I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-94, I-164, I-264, I-465, I-469, and I-865, as well as houses major east-west mainlines for Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines. As such, shipments of radioactive materials and waste are constantly traveling in and across our state.

Indiana is a major corridor for shipments of Highway Route Control Quantity (HRCQ) radioactive material being transported to other parts of the county and to ports for international transport. Indiana also provides a corridor for transportation of low-level radioactive waste across the country via the 14 interstates within the state, especially I-80 and I-70. In 2013, the State of Indiana, along with response partners in Fort Wayne and New Haven, IN, participated in an exercise involving a cask of spent nuclear fuel with the Navel Nuclear Propulsion Program being transported via the Norfolk Southern line that is being proposed for use.

Indiana Codes 10-14-8 and 10-14-9 requires any shipment of low-level radioactive waste, high-level radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel, and/or HRCQ radioactive material be permitted before traveling in Indiana.

Radiological response training is available to first responders upon request to Indiana Homeland Security’s Radiation Programs. Please email hazmat@dhs.in.gov about radiological response training.

Application for Hazardous Material Transport Permit

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