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Last updated July 7, 2017


As you may be aware, Missouri is one of the states that will be a prime viewing location for the solar eclipse traversing the nation on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Planning for this event, particularly in regard to transportation concerns, has been underway for the past few months. Therefore; in light of the Solar Eclipse crossing Missouri on Aug. 21, companies that plan low level waste truck shipments should strongly consider adjusting shipping dates to avoid Missouri highways on Monday, Aug. 21. This consideration in your planning is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to email if you have further questions.

Missouri Revised Statute 260.392 Environmental Controls was passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by Gov. Nixon on July 1, 2009. It became effective on Aug. 28, 2009, and was updated on Aug. 28, 2012. This statute provides information and requirements related to the shipment of high-level radioactive waste; transuranic radioactive waste; highway route controlled quantity shipments; spent nuclear fuel; or low-level radioactive waste through or within the state, including the collection of fees. Click here to pay your fee.

The statute requires that beginning on Dec. 31, 2009, and every two years thereafter, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources shall prepare and submit a report on activities of the environmental radiation monitoring fund to the general assembly. The statute states that the report shall include information on fee income received and expenditures made by the state to enforce and administer the provisions of this section.

The fees may be used by the department for purposes related to inspections, escorts and security for waste shipment and planning; coordination of emergency response capability; education and training of state, county and local emergency responders; purchase and maintenance of necessary equipment and supplies for state, county and local emergency responders; emergency responses, oversight of any environmental remediation necessary and administrative costs related to the shipment of high-level radioactive waste, transuranic radioactive waste, highway route controlled quantity shipments, spent nuclear fuel or low-level radioactive waste. Missouri joins six other Midwestern states that have such fees in place: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Radioactive Material Shipment Fees, Fact sheet--PUB2424 (03/17) - The department currently collects fees prior to shipment. 

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For questions related to the type of shipment proposed, and whether the shipment is subject to the radioactive materials shipment fee, please contact the department at 573-751-3907 or via email at