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30 Nov 2014

Press Trust of India

Bhopal gas tragedy: Research & advocacy group calls for for strict corporate liability regime

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Thirty years after the Bhopal gas tragedy claimed thousands of lives, a research and advocacy group today said that India needs to strengthen institutions, tools of compliance and monitoring and have a strict corporate liability regime to prevent such disasters in future...Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which organised a public meeting to commemorate the tragedy, stressed on the need to strengthen institutions instead of making new ones that add to multiplicity and confusion....Noting that Bhopal must "never" be forgotten, CSE said Dow Chemical must be held liable for the toxic waste still present in the abandoned factory and it must pay for the plant site's remediation which must be done quickly before toxins spread more poison, travelling through groundwater into people's bodies...Systems of corporate liability cannot remain inadequate as high-risk and unknown technologies pose new challenges. Only then will powerful companies worry about the implications of their actions on tomorrow's generations.