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Emergency Planning and Preparedness for the Deliberate Release of Toxic Industrial Chemicals

This article addresses the deliberate release of toxic industrial chemicals as a pressing concern considering how commonly they are being synthesized, stored and transported, and the relative frequency with which they are accidentally spilled. The consequently high number of potential release scenarios means special attention must be paid to risk prioritization, risk mitigation, and emergency planning and preparedness. The article investigates each in relation to a deliberate release situation, concluding that a multidisciplinary, multi-agency emergency management approach is ideal, despite the intensive toxicological inputs required to make it fully effective.

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