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Accidental Releases of Hazardous Materials and Relevance to Terrorist Threats at Industrial Facilities

This paper, published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, was written using several recent case studies detailing serious accidental releases of hazardous materials as a result of severe weather and natural disasters. It uses these in a lessons-learned approach to propose methods of increasing resilience in industrial facilities and improving planning for a response in the event of a spill, particularly due to a terrorist attack. These include the physical toughening of buildings and equipment, pre-construction planning with more attention to secure design principles and site location, and legislative action, among other approaches.

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