These 300-ton reactor vessel heads are sometimes are similar to pressure cookers. Instead of heating pasta, they compress radioactive materials into gases.
The vessels have an average lifespan of about 25 years, and time has expired for two, so they're being shipped from Dothan's Farley Nuclear Plant to a landfill in Utah
The barges will float down the Apalachicola River, into the Gulf of Mexico to Houston, Texas. From there, they will be hoisted onto trucks and on to Utah.
They have to use barges in the eastern part of the country because of the vessels' height. There are too many highway overpasses. It's a proactive way to prevent problems.
The vessels should be buried in the landfill by early February. This whole process costs about $40 million.
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