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In April, 2010, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collaborated with the Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) and sponsored a series of 1 & 2 ton atmospheric releases of Toxic Inhalation Hazard (TIH) materials, specifically Chlorine and Ammonia in the Utah desert at Dugway Proving Ground. These tests were conducted in order to determine the Nation's vulnerability to TIH's in transport near sensitive populations and areas.

In both 2015 and 2016, Subject Matter Experts (SME) in hazardous materials emergency response designed and conducted experiments at Dugway during the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) research on catastrophic releases of chlorine named the “Jack Rabbit Project”. Emergency Response SME’s worked collaboratively with project scientists to assure meaningful outcomes during releases of 7 to 20 tons of chlorine. The overall objective for the SME’s was to answer questions for the emergency planning and response community regarding planning for, tactical and operational considerations of, and public protection actions during a catastrophic chlorine release or a release of any other TIH material in any jurisdiction.

In August of 2017 key contributors to the Jack Rabbit (JR) Project, environmental systems researchers, plume modelers, Hazmat SME’s, and atmospheric scientists were invited to Utah Valley University (UVU) to formulate conclusions based on the JR data. The Final Report - The Jack Rabbit II Project’s Impacts on Emergency Responders (see below) includes the outcomes that should be used for training and educating the nation’s emergency responders and planners.


The Jack Rabbit Project

Utah Valley University
Emergency Services
Email: jackrabbit@uvu.edu

 

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