Back to normal

Everything seems to be back to normal at the Port of Halifax, they seem to be offloading from the ship(s) again and the port is running. The CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) released a statement here saying that the four canisters of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) are intact and were never breached, it was just the container that they were inside (they were encased in cement and metal then in the container). They said the radiation levels were extremely low.

So it is good to know at least that nothing major came from it. The company that runs the port said that this was a “worst case senario” that happened and they still held up with relatively low radiation. It actually makes me feel a bit more secure knowing that the CNSC last night said that the incident was handled properly and that they fell 6 meters but the canisters were designed to hold for up to a 16 meter drop.

It seems to have raised a lot of questions in the public about the types of materials coming through our two ports (Ceres and HalTerm) and if we are really prepared for an actual leak. From what I have read and from the response that I actually saw out my window myself in watching it unfold I would say that yes we are and that we as safe as we can be with the hazardous materials that do come and go through the ports. The response time for the fire departments hazmat teams was very fast and they have the place locked down within minutes.

I think that the main thing that people are upset about is the lack of information we were provided with and all the conflicting reports, but that just goes to show how listening to the media and not waiting for the official reports can cause people to panic (myself included) and start speculating and feeding the “fire” so-to-speak.

I read somewhere that our ports handle all 9 classes of dangerous goods:

    1. Explosives
    2. Gases
    3. Flammable Liquids
    4. Flammable Solids
    5. Oxidizing Substances
    6. Toxic & Infectious Substances
    7. Radioactive Material
    8. Corrosives
    9. Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

And that this is the second time that uranium hexafluoride (UF6) has been dropped in one of our two ports the other happening at the other port in 1999. Same thing happened. No leak but slightly higher then normal levels of radiation detected in the air very near by.

It’s still kind of scary thinking about it all. If you want to read a bit more about the city of Halifax and our harbour and the problems that have plagued it check out this comment and the links in it here.

On another note my parents are headed up to the city today to visit a family friend who is in the hospital and I am excited about seeing them and my little brother (I believe he is coming up too). I have not seen them since Christmas I believe. It’s pretty bad that I can’t remember if I have seen them since then.

9 thoughts on “Back to normal

  1. Wow that has got to really be scary, I’m glad to read that everything turned out okay. At least you hope it does, government tends to cover up things to avoid chaos, but *fingers crossed* it’s all good. Have a good time with the family friend

    1. I’m sorry your comment got caught up by Akismet somehow!

      It was a freaky situation and thank god it is over now. Governments do tend to cover things up to avoid chaos and mass panic but I am not too worried about this one, apparently even if there was a leak it would not have been as bad as the media played it up to be.

  2. Whoa, that sounded like an extremely scary situation! I can’t believe you went through that. I am glad there wasn’t a leak, however. Ugh. I hope it doesn’t happen again!

  3. Ugh! I hate Maths. Anyways, I’m glad to hear that everything is back to normal and that the fire department hazmat temas react quickly to the sitaution. I’m also happy to hear that you’ll get to spend time with your family. I hope that you have a good time.

  4. I’m glad everything is back to normal for you. That’s fantastic!

    Congrats on being able to see your family! It is awful that you don’t get to see them more often but that’s what you have to give up when you move away, I guess. I’m about to make that journey in August when I move into a dorm.

    1. Yeah it is. They actually moved away . I stayed, they went back to my moms home town. Its about 3 hours away. Its rough at first but it gets better

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