Sue Sturgis imparts news from the Knoxville News Sentinel that the U.S. Department of Energy is going to start as early as this week transporting "strategic nuclear material" from several sites around the country through Tennessee to a South Carolina facility.
According to reports, the weapons-grade plutonium could be shipped from Washington State, California, and New Mexico along the I-40 corridor, which would take it straight through Nashville's inner core neighborhoods. The map above pin-points neighborhoods along the plutonium's possible transit line through Nashville.
According to the News Sentinel:
DOE has evaluated the potential impact of a severe accident while transporting plutonium in certified containers with high-security trucks, known as Safe Secure Transports or SSTs. In the worst-case hypothetical scenario, involving crushing force, long-term fire and release of 10 percent of the radioactive material, DOE estimated that an accident in an urban area could cause as many as 114 cancer fatalities.The transit project is scheduled to run through 2010, which seems like a long time to risk a DOE nuclear accident and possibly endanger the lives of Nashvillians.
CORRECTION: I located Hadley Park blocks too far to the West on the map above. It should be closer to TSU. Apologies both to my Hadley Park friends and those who live around West Park, over which I superimposed "Hadley Park."