WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBW) - A plan to transport thousands of gallons of radioactive nuclear waste into the United States via the Peace Bridge could be delayed.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a complete threat assessment the transportation of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological materials through U.S. land borders and within the United States.
The bill was sponsored by local Congressman Brian Higgins (D-26) and triggered by The U.S. Department of Energy's plan to transport highly-enriched liquid uranium from Chalk River Ontario to the DOE's Savannah Energy River site in South Carolina.
The trip would require two rail crossings and three automobile crossings over the Western New York border between the U.S. and Canada, and Higgins says it could make Western New Yorkers vulnerable to a potential terrorist attack.
“Terrorists and militant groups have expressed an interest in using highly dangerous weapons, especially those utilizing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear, known as CBRN agents or materials,” said Higgins. “This bill gives federal agencies the information they need to make decisions and develop policies that are informed by the terrorism threat picture.”
A companion bill is expected to pass in the U.S. Senate, and President Obama is expected to sign the mandate into law.
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