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.

Publication Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 1981
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 039.8
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:40
Patrick D. Eagen
University of Washington. Environmental Engineering and Science Program.
Number of Pages: 
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.