The Cyanic Threat

by Andrew J. Whelton, Environmental Engineer; US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD,
Janet L. Jensen, Project Manager; US Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command's Joint Service Agent Water Monitoring Program, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD,
Todd E. Richards, P.E., Program Manager; USACHPPM Water Supply Management Program,
Richard M. Valdivia, Environmental Scientist; USACHPPM Water Supply Management Program,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2003, Vol. 73, Issue 11, Pg. 50-55,84

Document Type: Feature article


In the past terrorists have attempted to contaminate drinking water supplies in the United States with cyanide - one of the most lethal poisons known to man. So far they have been unsuccessful. But in this time of heightened vigilance, environmental engineers should be well versed in the threat posed by cyanide - and the ways to combat the deadly toxin.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Water supply | Terrorism | Drinking water

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