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RMIR (Radioactive Materials Incident Report) Database Transportation Accident and Incident Experience,1971-1999

Access Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) the primary source of national data for the Federal, state, and local governmental agencies responsible for the safety of hazardous materials transportation.

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The Radioactive Material Incident Report (RMIR) Database was developed in 1981 at the Transportation Technology Center of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to support its research and development activities for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This database contains information about radioactive materials transportation incidents that have occurred in the U.S. from 1971 through 1999. These data were drawn from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Material Incident Report System, from Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) files, and from various agencies, including state radiological control offices.

RMIR was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through 1999, when it was determined that the information in the database was readily available from the Department of Transportation's, Bueau of Transporation Statistics - The Intermodal Transportation Database. The complete RMIR Database is available from Sandia as an MS Access file. To receive the database by email, write to Ruth Weiner (rfweine@sandia.gov) or Scott Mills (gsmills@sandia.gov).

U.S. Radioactive Materials Transportation Events 1971-1999
Type Definition Number
Transportation Accidents Any accident that involves a vehicle transporting radioactive material. An accident is an incident with which there is a fatality or injury, or in which the vehicle is damaged enough that it cannot move under its own power. 402
Handling Accidents Involves damage to a packaging during loading, handling, or unloading operations (e.g., a forklift puncturing a package at an air terminal). 291
Other Occurences Includes transportation occurrences where there is an actual or suspected release or surface contamination of radioactive materials which exceed the regulatory requirements from either the package or the transport vehicle. 1256
Total 1949 out of 180 million RAM shipments

The most recent hazmat incident reports can be accessed at Department of Transportation's Hazmat Incident summary reports and databases.

For full descriptions of incidents involving radioactive materials:
1. Select a year in the left, green banner
2. Click on XXXXmat.exe, XXXXcon.exe, and/or XXXXrmk.exe self-extracting file(s)
3. Search for "Class 70" items

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