No radioactivity detected at scene of Sask. uranium truck crash

No radioactivity has been detected at the scene of a Saskatchewan highway crash where uranium spilled on Monday, the province says.

Truck hauling yellowcake crashed north of Swift Current, Sask., on Monday

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission staff were on the scene of the truck crash north of Swift Current, Sask., on Tuesday. (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)

No radioactivity has been detected at the scene of a Saskatchewan highway crash where uranium spilled on Monday, the province says.

The accident happened on Highway 4, about 10 kilometres north of Swift Current, Sask.

A tractor-trailer carrying 63 drums of uranium concentrate, also known as yellowcake, spilled a small part of its load.

The stretch of highway was cordoned off and a hazmat team was brought in to clean up the spill.

A crane was brought in to remove a damaged container that contained uranium. (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)

On Wednesday morning, the provincial government said the container with the uranium has been successfully loaded into a larger container and secured.

A scan for contamination in the area of the crash was performed and no radioactive product was detected, the government said.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said it had inspectors onsite and the cleanup is complete.

The truck was heading across the country to a refinery in Blind Lake, Ont.

The contents will now be trucked to northern Saskatchewan for repackaging before continuing east.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will be holding a public meeting in Ottawa on Jan. 28 to discuss the accident.


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