What would happen if a shipment of radioactive waste wrecked on its way through Utah? The chances of the shipment breaking open are essentially zero, but what would happen if the containment of radioactive waste was breached?
The radioactive wastes are not gasses. The accident would not create a radioactive gas cloud. The wastes are not volatile liquids, they would not form a radioactive vapor cloud. The wastes would not go critical and explode, filling the air with tons of radioactive dust.The wastes are solids that would stay put, at the site of the accident. It would be hazardous to only a few yards distance. The worst that could happen to the population at large would be bending-over-backwards precautions by the authorities.