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Hazardous material losses have become so common that they rarely make headlines. When a tanker truck full of some chemical overturns on the interstate, or a train with a couple of tank cars derails, we see a few helicopter news shots, there is a bit of local fuss, and that’s about it. Only when there is serious loss of life and the need to evacuate an entire city does a hazmat loss seem significant. Three thousand people, for example, were evacuated in the May 25, 2004, fire at a swimming pool chemical plant in Conyers, Ga., which drew 150 fire fighters and sent more than 100 fume victims to area hospitals but, fortunately, killed only 2,000 fish, crabs, and frogs in the poisonous runoff.

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