Developing High-Risk Scenarios and Countermeasure Ideas for Mitigation of Hazardous Materials Incidents

by Eugene R. Russell, Sr., Kansas State Univ, Manhattan, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Kansas State University (KSU) conducted a comprehensive study of the development of a set of prioritized, extreme-risk scenarios, the development of a set of feasible, practical and implementable protective systems, and a report to summarize guidelines on the use of these protective systems to mitigate potential, extreme-risk situations that could occur during the transport of hazardous materials (hazmat) on our highway system. This paper covers the methodology used to complete the first two objectives with use of a state's panel. The research study was limited to materials spilled within the highway system. It focused on potential risks which would result in severe, long-term, permanent, irreparable or catastrophic consequences, and existing technology and state-of-the-art knowledge for development of protective systems to mitigate these consequences. The protective systems within the scope of this study were systems constructed or physically incorporated into the highway system or modifications thereto.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials | Risk management | Hazardous materials spills | Feasibility studies | Traffic safety | Highway engineering | Highways and roads | Colleges and universities

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