As the state motto “The Crossroads of America” suggests, Indiana is a major thoroughfare of both hazardous and non-hazardous commodities, along highway, rail, and pipeline. Indiana has more than eleven thousand miles of highway roads, including 14 interstate highways: I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-94, I-164, I-264, I-465, I-469, and I-865, as well as houses major east-west mainlines for Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines. As such, shipments of radioactive materials and waste are constantly traveling in and across our state.
Indiana is a major corridor for shipments of Highway Route Control Quantity (HRCQ) radioactive material being transported to other parts of the county and to ports for international transport. Indiana also provides a corridor for transportation of low-level radioactive waste across the country via the 14 interstates within the state, especially I-80 and I-70. In 2013, the State of Indiana, along with response partners in Fort Wayne and New Haven, IN, participated in an exercise involving a cask of spent nuclear fuel with the Navel Nuclear Propulsion Program being transported via the Norfolk Southern line that is being proposed for use.
Indiana Codes 10-14-8 and 10-14-9 requires any shipment of low-level radioactive waste, high-level radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel, and/or HRCQ radioactive material be permitted before traveling in Indiana.
Radiological response training is available to first responders upon request to Indiana Homeland Security’s Radiation Programs. Please contact Kaci Studer about radiological response training.
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- Federal Railroad Administration
- The Council of State Governments' Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project
- Planning Guide for Shipments of Radioactive Material through Midwestern States
- Nuclear Waste Policy Act
- National Transportation Stakeholders Forum
- Office of Packaging and Transportation
- Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program