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23 Feb 2015

Hindustan Times

India: UNEP offers to carry out comprehensive assessment of the contamination of Union Carbide hazardous waste in Bhopal

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has indicated possibility of undertaking a comprehensive scientific assessment of contamination due to the toxic waste left in the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, gas survivors’ organisations have said...In December 1984, methyl iso-cyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory, killing hundreds and maiming thousands for life...However, the UNEP would require formal request from the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) in order to consider the possibility. In this context, representatives of five gas survivors’ organisations met the MoEF minister Prakash Javdekar during his recent visit to Bhopal...the minister has promised a response in the matter within 15 days.