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September 26, 2001

  • There are places along the Mississippi River (e.g. New Orleans) where many people live in areas that would normally be flooded, were it not for levees or other flood control works.

  • Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many experts have become more concerned that terrorists may maliciously spread biological agents such as anthrax or smallpox.

  • The President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection was set up in July 1996 under President Clinton's Executive Order 13010.

  • Drinking water sources, purification, and distribution systems are essential to public health, and failures could be catastrophic.

  • Various nations have developed and produced chemical weapons -- substances whose main use is to harm people -- such as nerve gas or mustard gas.

  • Because of their length, ubiquity, and remoteness, pipelines can be nearly impossible to defend.

  • Cropduster flights resumed Sept. 25, 2001. The FBI had ordered cropdusters grounded nationwide temporarily in late Sept. 2001.

  • A few lessons were buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Humans change the environment -- and build environments -- in ways that make them vulnerable to catastrophe.

  • While petrochemical plants get the most attention, statistics from the Chemical Safety Board suggest that media overlook three quite common and widespread hazards: chlorine, ammonia, and propane

  • The Bureau of Reclamation announced laconically Sept. 12 that it had stepped up security at Hoover, Glen Canyon, and Grand Coulee dams.