Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Pentagon Anthrax Experiment, Part 2

PostedDecember 16, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  The multi-pound spore release set off every sensor on the Pentagon grounds, says Paul Benda, a director of anti-terrorism efforts there.  But he says some findings were promising.

Paul Benda:  A lot of people have believed that very small amounts, you know the amount you could hold in your hand, could take out an entire city.  So one of our goals of our test was to determine is that really true, and we don't think it is.

Randy Atkins:  Benda says further testing is needed but, after about an hour, spores settled and seemed to stay put.

Paul Benda:  If it doesn't get re-suspended in the air, then there's less of a threat to people after an attack.

Randy Atkins:  And…

Paul Benda:  The easiest way to decontaminate people and vehicles and roadway turned out to be one of the best.

Randy Atkins:  Just hose down with fire truck water.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.