Nuclear Reactor Traveling From Michigan to South Carolina
it has been dismantled, the vessel is highly radioactive due to 35 years
of nuclear chain reactions (which made the metal of the reactor vessel
itself radioactive) and radioactive contamination from experimental plutonium
fuel rods that ruptured within it. Now, it is emitting 10 millrems per
hour of radiation (equivalent to one chest X-ray), according to a spokesman
for Consumer Energy, the reactors owner. U.S. Department of Transportation
regulations allow radiation to be released at a rate of up to 5 rems in
30 minutes in accident conditions; that is equivalent to 500 chest X-rays.
The 282- ton reactor vessel will travel by truck and train before reaching
its burial site.