In the early afternoon of January 11th 2016, just north of Swift Current Saskatchewan, a semi-truck and trailer carrying 63 drums of uranium concentrate en route from Tacoma, WA to the Blind River Refinery lost control and overturned. Coming to rest in the ditch beside Highway 4, one of the main thoroughfares in the area, the shipping container stood on end, precariously propped up by the trailer. The highway was closed and emergency response teams called in.
This talk detailed the emergency response coordinated and carried out by Cameco Corporation, EnviroTec Hazmat Emergency Response, and local and provincial response teams, who worked together to safely contain and resolve the situation.
Robyn Reist is a health physicist for Cameco’s Compliance & Licensing group in Saskatoon, and has been with Cameco since 2010. Prior to her current position she worked as a radiation specialist at the Rabbit Lake Operation, and spent a few months working with Cameco’s SHEQ audit group. Robyn has degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Engineering Physics and Mathematics.
Morgan Bradford is a health physicist for Cameco’s SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality) Systems group. He has a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan, and worked in a number of different industries before arriving at Cameco. These include wireless power transmission, hydrogen fuel cells, synchrotron light sources, and municipal infrastructure. Morgan has worked at Cameco for 4 years, focusing on radiation safety.