Highway Robbery: The Social Costs of Hazardous Materials Incidents on the Capital Beltway

by Theodore S. Glickman, Cent for Risk Management, Resources for the Future, Washington, United States,
Molly K. Macauley, Cent for Risk Management, Resources for the Future, Washington, United States,
Paul R. Portney, Cent for Risk Management, Resources for the Future, Washington, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: State and Local Issues in Transportation of Hazardous Waste Materials: Towards a National Strategy

Abstract: In the summer of 1988, three major truck incidents involving hazardous materials occurred on the Capital Beltway in Washington, D.C. This paper estimates the delays that were incurred and the social costs of the incidents, which ran into millions fo dollars. The impacts of policy options for reducing such delays and the associated costs are analyzed in the context of the three incidents.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials | Social factors | Traffic accidents | Traffic safety | Assets | Highways and roads | Emergency management | Traffic delay | Trucks | Washington | North America | United States

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