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Antiterror Test to Follow Winds and Determine Airborne Paths

Jerry Allwine will probably receive some crooked stares next month as he traverses tall rooftops near Madison Square Garden and releases mysterious gases over Midtown Manhattan. Not to worry. He is here to help. Mr. Allwine, an engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., is one of the directors on a team of about 50 scientists and emergency planners that will release a harmless gas sometime between March 7 and March 21 to study how air might flow through the city in the event of a terrorist attack or an accident involving toxic chemicals. The team, which began planning the study this week with the city’s Office of Emergency Management, will place 31 battery-powered air samplers on rooftops and sidewalks within a half-mile of the Garden. The resulting data will be used to develop better computer models for simulating the movements of airborne hazards. Full Story

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