Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Preventing Catastrophic Chemical Attacks


Lawrence M. Wein - Stanford University

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Issues in Science & Technology, Vol. 23 no. 1, page(s) 31-33
Fall 2006

A terrorist attack on a single 90-ton chlorine tank car could generate a cloud of toxic gas that travels 20 miles. If the attack took place in a city, it could kill 100,000 people within hours. Now multiply that nightmare by another 100,000. That's the approximate number of tank cars filled with toxic gases shipped every year in the United States.