Improving Local Community Recovery from Disastrous Hazardous Materials Transportation

Federal health, safety, and environmental regulations address emergency response planning and preparations in the event of a hazardous materials release. However, little effort has been made to document actions and plans that address recovery from disastrous hazardous materials transportation incidents, namely, incidents that result in human casualties, extensive property or environmental damage, or severe social or economic disruption. Recent examples of such disasters include the New Orleans, LA ,barge spill in 2008, the derailment of chlorine tank cars in Graniteville, SC, in 2005, and the Baltimore, MD, tunnel fire in 2001. The objective of this research is to develop a compendium of best practices that can be used by local communities to plan for recovery from disastrous hazardous materials transportation incidents. Recovery is defined as both short- and long-term efforts to re-build and revitalize affected communities.Recovery planning must provide for a near-seamless transition from emergency response activities to recovery operations to de-briefing lessons learned, including, but not limited to, restoration of interrupted utility services, reestablishment of transportation routes, the provision of food and shelter to displaced persons, environmental restoration, business continuity, and economic rebuilding.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project HM-11

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20101101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25476

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461618
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project HM-11
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM