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Radiological shipments are accomplished safely. Annually, about 400 million hazardous materials shipments occur in the United States by rail, air, sea, and land. Of these shipments, about three million are radiological shipments. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2004, EM has completed over 150,000 shipments of radioactive material/waste. Please click here to see Office of Packaging and Transportation Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report.

Click here to view Highlights from the FY 2016 Annual Program Report.

Supporting Programs

SAFE TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOLOGICAL SHIPMENTS

Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP)

TEPP provides the tools for planning, training and exercises, and technical assistance to assist State and Tribal authorities in preparing for response to a transportation incident involving DOE shipments of radioactive material.

National Transportation Stakeholders Forum (NTSF) 

Collaboration and coordination with jurisdictions along the transportation corridors is key in accomplishing the EM cleanup mission. The purpose of the NTSF is to bring transparency, openness, and accountability to DOE's offsite transportation activities through collaboration with state and tribal governments.

Archived files from the Transportation External Coordination Working Group, 1993-2009

Packaging Certification Program

FISSILE AND TYPE B PACKAGINGS

The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, gives DOE broad authorities to regulate all aspects of activities involving radioactive materials that are undertaken by DOE or on its behalf, including transportation. The DOE manages a program for certification of fissile and Type B packaging which conform with U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements. For additional information about the DOE Packaging Certification Program, visit the Radioactive Material Packaging (RAMPAC) website. The program includes the following:

* providing guidance for preparing Safety Analysis Reports for Packaging

* reviewing and approving packaging designs

* issuing DOE Certificates of Compliance

* reviewing and recertifying Certificates of Compliance

* curtailing and suspending the use of specific packages, when warranted; and

* reviewing and approving quality assurance programs for Type B and fissile materials radioactive materials packaging

The Packaging Certification Program conducts routine training for radioactive packaging activities related to Safety Analysis Report for Packagings preparation, and packaging quality assurance, maintenance and operations.

Operations

DOE successfully completes thousands of shipments each year. The shipments have included a variety of waste types (e.g., transuranic waste, low-level waste, mixed low-level waste, used nuclear fuel ) primarily by highway and rail. Under DOE, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) safely and securely transports nuclear weapons, weapons components, and special nuclear material to meet projected NNSA, Department of Defense, and other customer requirements.

TRANSCOM

An unclassified tracking and communication system which can monitor the progress of various "high visibility" shipments. Since September 2001, TRANSCOM has been used to monitor over 12,000 DOE high visibility shipments.

RADCALC

Permits registered users to access software used in packaging and transportation determinations.

ATLAS

Automated Transportation Logistics and Analysis System.

Mission

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) packaging and transportation mission is to (1) develop the systems and technologies to ensure packaging and transportation activities are safe, economical, efficient, secure, and meet applicable regulatory requirements; (2) resolve packaging and transportation issues safely, economically, and promptly; and (3) develop, manage and coordinate policies and procedures for packaging and transportation activities for DOE materials, including hazardous materials (particularly radioactive), substances and wastes.

Feedback

The DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation seeks to continuously improve the shipment process by obtaining feedback from all individuals involved in the process. Any comments, questions, or concerns related to DOE packaging and transportation activities should be sent to askpat@hq.doe.gov.

Packaging & Transportation News

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
November 14, 2017
Idaho Site to Accelerate Low-Level Waste Shipments for Disposal
A new shipping cask design enables EM’s Idaho Site to significantly increase nuclear waste shipments for disposal.
November 7, 2017
WIPP Surpasses 100 Shipments Since April
Saturday marked the 100th shipment to arrive at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since transuranic waste shipments to the facility resumed in April.
November 7, 2017
WIPP Marks Milestone With 50th Waste Shipment Since April
EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
September 12, 2017