Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

TSA Chlorine Dispersion Modeling Study

The Transportation Security Agency is currently working on preparing a study to look at the differences between the currently accepted chlorine gas dispersion models and the actual results of two catastrophic chlorine releases from railcars. Since such models form an important description of the hazards associated with the transport of chlorine gas by railcar, they provide the basis for any planning for the emergency response to such an accident. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should be involved in the planning of this study to ensure that the final product will be of use to emergency response organizations and will be readily available to such organizations once completed.

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