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Early Warning System Would Detect Chemical Attacks in Subways

Friday, 28 September 2001 12:00 AM

An official from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said the attacks have given the project a new focus.

"September 11 has galvanized our determination, we are in the process of looking to acquire additional resources, looking into ways of accelerating it," the official said Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

The system would detect and identify toxic chemicals, map contaminated zones and predict directions in which the hazardous gases might spread so that emergency personnel can redirect trains and passengers.

"It's a bit like a smoke detector in your house that's wired to the fire station... so that the fire department knows there's a fire, which floor it's on and what kind of fire it is," the official said.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is working with the Department of Transportation, the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Energy on the project. One of the Washington, D.C. area's 83 subway stations will host the test before the end of this year, with 2003 as the target date for officials to carry out a multi-station check.

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