Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Janet H. Gritzner


Transportation accidents involving hazardous materials have the potential to cause great loss of property and lives, as well as contributing to environmental degradation. This research examines the potential impact of hazardous material transportation accidents and identifies possible alternatives to mitigate the consequences of spills. An inventory of critical facilities and high-risk areas is identified to develop a Geographic Information System (GIS) model to map environmentally sensitive locations and determine possible mitigation procedures. A Time of Travel (TOT) GIS model supports procedures to determine the intersection of transportation routes and critical environmental facilities such as wells, surface water intakes, and shallow aquifers. The final result is to establish procedures to diminish the consequences of hazardous material spills as such materials are transported in and around the City of Sioux Falls.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Hazardous substances -- Transportation -- Accidents -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls -- Management.
Hazardous substances -- Risk assessment -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls.
Hazardous substances -- Environmental aspects.
Chemical spills -- Environmental aspects.


South Dakota State University



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