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OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title First Responders' Environmental Liability Due to Mass Decontamination Runoff.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Solid Waste.
Year Published 2000
Report Number EPA/550/F-00/009
Stock Number PB2008-113692
Additional Subjects Mass destruction weapons ; Emergency preparedness ; Decontamination ; Terrorism ; Liability ; Defense systems ; Contamination ; Chemical warfare agents ; Biological warfare agents ; Environmental impacts ; Emergency responders
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2008-113692 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 03/10/2010
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On April 19, 1999, the Team Leader of the Chemical Weapons Improved Response Team (CWIRT), U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command sent a letter to EPA raising issues concerning first responders liability during a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist incident. Specifically, the CWIRT asked about the first responders liability for spreading contamination while attempting to save lives. Environmental liability resulting from critical lifesaving actions may seem unlikely, but could be a serious concern for many first responders. The question is: Can emergency responders undertake necessary emergency actions in order to save-lives in dire situations without fear of environmental liability even when such emergency actions have unavoidable adverse environmental impacts.