Indiana law toughens rules for transporting radioactive materials

| 4/1/2010

Fees and regulations on the shipment of radioactive materials within Indiana have been beefed up. Truck loads and rail shipments are affected.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a bill into law to make the Indiana Department of Homeland Security responsible for issuing permits for the transportation of radioactive materials on the state’s roadways.

As of July 1, shippers of affected loads will be required to obtain a permit to transfer high-level radioactive materials. Permits would also carry an expiration date.

Indiana now charges $1,000 for the transportation of each cask of nuclear waste. Previously SB186, the new law implements permit fees of $2,500 per truck or, for rail shipments, $4,500 for the first cask and $3,000 for each additional cask. Failure to obtain the proper permit could result in a maximum $1,000 fine.

Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, said the regulation for radioactive materials is needed to keep Indiana roads safe from dangerous materials that require delicate handling.

“When transporting radioactive materials across the state, any small mishap can be disastrous to both people as well as the environment,” Arnold said in a statement. “The requirement for these vehicles to carry a permit is an important step to better regulation.”

The Indiana State Police, including motor carrier inspectors, rail safety inspectors, and other eligible law enforcement will be authorized to conduct vehicle inspections to verify compliance. Vehicles found in violation could be detained, seized or impounded.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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