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Western Australia Minister for Science & Innovation Bill Marmion

WA Scientists Help In US Homeland Security Trials

Victor P Taffa

Scientists from Perth’s ChemCentre have helped the US Department of Homeland Security in an important study to determine how quickly Gas Spreads through Underground Transport Systems.

In State Parliament today, Science and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion acknowledged the scientists’ special contribution to the study in Boston, Massachusetts.

“It’s a huge compliment to the remarkable talent we have in Western Australia.” Mr. Marmion said.

“The Data that will come from these experiments will be used to create new and better Policies of Evacuation, Prevention and Detection within similar confined spaces where large quantities of people congregate.”


“This knowledge will help thousands of organisations and locations across America and Australia to better protect citizens from intentional and accidental toxic gas releases.”

The scientists were asked to take part in the study with the Department of Homeland Security to analyse the dispersal of ‘Tracer’ gas inside the Boston Underground Public Transport System.

The Team from ChemCentre took part in releasing the Non-Toxic Gas and Tracking its movements through the Underground Station and Rail Cars, while also testing the Evacuation Procedures.

“ChemCentre were asked to be a part of this study because they are internationally recognised as a leader in Chemistry Research and Expertise.” the Minister said.

“The centre has state-of-the-art equipment needed to conduct these types of studies, combined with the incredible intelligence and expertise required to run them.” Mr. Marmion said.

ChemCentre is a leading provider of scientific services including forensics, bioanalysis and hazard response to government agencies, research groups and industry. The centre plays an integral part in providing chemistry services for WA’s Giant Resource Sector.


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