Toxic, infectious or radiological compounds

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Originally defined by the U.S. military, the term toxic, infectious or radiological compounds (TIM), defined as hazardous materials, in solid, liquid, aerosolized, or gaseous form; it can also stand for toxic industrial material, which be used or stored for use for industrial, commercial, medical, military or domestic purposes, and released with an improvised explosive device or tampering with containers and used for terrorism" has taken on more general applicability. [1] The idea points out that accidents such as the Bhopal disaster, improvised chemical attacks in Iraq such as an explosive attacked to a chlorine-carrying tank truck, or a gas release from a volcano or lake require a response similar to that required to a purpose-built chemical weapon.

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