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Views of Risk and Highway Transportation of Hazardous Materials - A Case Study in Gasoline


While gasoline represents one-third of all hazardous materials transported in the country by trucks, the risk associated with gas transportation, as viewed by the private sector, is small. Public perceptions of risk are much greater due to lack of knowledge of probabilities and consequences of spills. Methods to improve knowledge available to the public on gasoline spills, and methods to improve estimates of environmental damages from gasoline spills, are presented. Generalization of methodologies to hazardous materials in general is discussed.


  • Date Published: November, 1981
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 39.8
  • Last Modified: August 3, 2007
  • Author: Patrick D. Eagen
  • Originator: University of Washington. Environmental Engineering and Science Program.
  • # of Pages: 50 p., 1,182 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Environmental impacts, Environmental risk assessment, Case studies, Disaster preparedness, Gasoline, Hazardous materials, Highway transportation, Highways, Perception, Risk assessment, Spills (Pollution), Toxicity, Traffic accidents, Trucking, Trucks.
  • Keywords: Risk, hazardous materials, highway transportation, gasoline.
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This abstract was last modified October 30, 2008