Managing Risks of Hazardous Materials Transportation in Santa Barbara County

by Douglas K. Anthony,
John Peirson, Jr.,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper presents some potential building blocks which local jurisdictions can pursue to manage the risks associated with hazardous materials transportation (HMT). The recent experience of Santa Barbara County, California, serves as our reference point. Federal research programs and regulations have undoubtly gone far in reducing HMT risk. Among other things, they provide for safer containment and better identification of hazardous materials in transit. There are several aspects of risk management, however, where local jurisdictions can be quite effective and efficient. Some local jurisdictions, for example, have implemented routing restrictions to minimize public exposure to potential risks. Additionally, several jurisdictions have developed more sophisticated capabilities for responding to HMT incidents.

Subject Headings: Hazardous substances | Risk management | Construction materials | Public health and safety | Jurisdiction | Transportation studies | Federal government | Laws and regulations | California | United States

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