You are looking at the map of the routes followed by the nuclear trucks, plain-looking high-tech trailers that go through America’s busiest highways carrying nuclear bombs, material for atomic weapons, radioactive metals and nuclear fuel for the US Navy.
All this nuclear material gets transported “from a variety of labs, reactors and military bases, to the nation’s Pantex bomb-assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, to the Savannah River facility” by trucks that look like any other truck.
Called Armored Tractors (ATs), these supertrucks are heavily shielded, continuously tracked 18-wheelers loaded with security measures. Nothing differentiates them from any commercial trucks except a few antennas and their special architecture. That and a “US GOVERNMENT” license plate. And the fact that they come loaded with stuff that can destroy a few cities, for course.
But don’t worry. The DoE’s Office of Secure Transportation is taking good care that nothing happens to all these nuclear trucks constantly on the move. They are operated by 600 special agents from the Department of Energy, and the whole operation costs $250 million a year.
Check out the original article at Mother Jones. It’s fascinating—and somehow terrifying—that this is happening every single day without nobody noticing. [Mother Jones and Sandia National Labs via Public Intelligence]