RICHLAND, Wash. (KING) - When organizers put on their annual Cool Desert Nights car show and parade in Richland, Washington they need a permit.
When the Department of Energy and its contractors want to truck radioactive waste short distances, they need the very same permit.
Transportation of various levels, including high level nuclear materials, requires no more that a Special Events Permit issued by the City of Richland.
The hazardous waste shippers are asked a series of questions: Will there be alcohol for sale? Will there be food? Vendors? Will it be merchandise or an inflatable play area?
The agencies and companies use the permits to block intersections or create rolling stops while a truckload of radiation slowly creeps out of Hanford to a nearby contractor who will package it up and send it back.
Sometimes the permits are issued for three-month periods and can be used any time after heavy traffic hours.
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