Nukewatch Quarterly Summer 2016
In at least the second Canadian highway accident involving uranium in 2016, a truck hauling uranium trioxide collided with a car on northern Ontario’s Highway 17 on the morning of April 17. The truck was hauling uranium from the Cameco refinery in Blind River to southern Ontario when it struck the car just outside of Massey.
An investigation by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission found no damage to the packages and no uranium spill. The material was transferred to another truck and delivered to another Cameco facility in Port Hope for further processing. A Cameco spokesperson told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that the Blind River facility turns out several truckloads of yellow uranium powder every week.
In January, a truck hauling 63 drums of uranium spilled part of its load on a Saskatchewan highway while en route to the Blind River refinery. Officials declared the site uncontaminated after two days of clean-up.
—Nukewatch Quarterly, Spring 2016; CBC News, Apr. 18, 2016