Buckshot in nuclear transport truck: terrorist or bubba?

Target practice in rural Louisiana? Big deal.
Target practice using the side of a truck carrying uranium fuel rods? That might be worth another look.

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Units 1 and 2, South Texas Project nuclear plant (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Sometime in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2008 someone took a shot at a truck transporting radioactive fuel to the South Texas Project near Bay City. According to a copy of an incident report filed by STP security, the damage wasn’t noticed until the driver of the truck, operated by the Utah firm EnergySolutions, tried to enter the plant site. The report states:

“While performing receipt inspection and survey of new fuel truck, damage to the vehicle was noted on the drivers side of the cab which appeared to be a shotgun blast. The truck drivers stated that they had heard a loud noise which sounded like a tire blow out a few miles before entering Texas. They had pulled over and checked the tires but found no problems at the time.”

There didn’t appear to be any damage to the large blue containers on the back of the truck carrying the rods (a total of 8), according to the reports obtained by the Chronicle. The driver inspected the truck and trailer brake lines and other equipment and was allowed into the plant.
A spokesman for NRG Energy, which is a major stakeholder in STP, said the incident was investigated and there was no finding of rules violations related to the way the fuel was transported.
Incidentally, STP was recognized recently for going two-years without a restricted-time, lost-time injury.

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