Uranium Hexafluoride Truck Incident in 2009 Closed I-64; Incident in 2013 on I-81

Updated 18 weeks ago Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
Uranium Hexafluoride Truck  Incident in 2009 Closed I-64; Incident in 2013 on I-81

A truck accident involving a container of Uranium  hexafluoride  in 2009 closed I-64 near Beckley and forced evacuations, according to an article in the Beckley News Register.

Although the truck was destroyed, the container carrying the UF6 was intact. “When UF6 comes in contact with water or water vapor in the air, this forms a corrosive compound called hydrogen fluoride (HF).  HF is an extremely corrosive gas that can damage the lungs and cause death if inhaled at high concentrations,” the article stated.

HF has been documented according to EPA data as having been sent to the Huntington Waste Water Treatment Plant. The transfers ceased in 2010, according to the EPA.

The News-Register article indicated that the wrecked truck’s “origin and destination” were both unknown. However, a “special truck and crane” to haul away the burned truck and container of UF6 were dispatched from outside of the region. The truck came from Kentucky , the article stated.

More recently, a radioactive device fell off a truck on I-81 between WV and Pennsylvania in May 2013. Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg, Franklin County, is licensed by DEP to possess and use the gauge.

Although unrelated, a VW truck carrying Cobalt 60 was stolen and later recovered Dec 5, 2013 in Mexico. The thieves were suffered burns when they opened the device.

IAEA spokesperson, Gil Tudor told NBC, ""In some cases, for example, radioactive sources have ended up being sold as scrap, causing serious health consequences for people who unknowingly come into contact with it."

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/04/21750977-truck-carrying-extremely-dangerous-radioactive-material-found-after-it-was-stolen-in-mexico   Read more: http://fox43.com/2013/05/14/nuclear-gauge-falls-off-truck-on-i-81/#ixzz2mxfPz8KV
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