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7 Aug 2013

Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International

Ray of hope for survivors of the Bhopal disaster [India]

…[T]he devastating 1984 gas leak at the Bhopal pesticide plant in India…estimated …[to have]…killed more than 22,000 people and left another 100,000 suffering from health problems…the impact of the leak and the plant’s former operations continue to be felt today by people in the area…On 23 July 2013, a Bhopal court ordered US chemical giant The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) to appear before it to explain why its wholly owned subsidiary UCC has repeatedly ignored court summons in the ongoing criminal case concerning the disaster…on 1 August 2013, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)…released its action plan for the environmental remediation of the Bhopal site and surrounding areas…There’s still a long way to go, but these two developments have been welcome and positive news.

Part of the following timelines

India: Court order for Dow to appear, proposed cleanup plan are “ray of hope” for survivors of Bhopal gas disaster that killed over 22,000, says Amnesty

Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal, filed in India)