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Waste shipment rolls through Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The first of what is to be 15 shipments a day of radioactive waste has been trucked across Oklahoma.

Two steel canisters of 20,000 pounds of a mixture of uranium combined with fly ash was carried from a plant in southwest Ohio to a storage site in Andrews, Texas, near the Texas-New Mexico state line.

The waste is carried along Interstate 44 to Interstate 40, traveling through Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

State Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Monty Elder says officials aren't worried about the radioactive material and are satisfied it's safely packaged.

A total of about 2,000 shipments of the waste will be trucked across the state and officials say there will be about 15 shipments per day, seven days a week, later this summer.
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