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6 Aug 2009

Mick Brown, Telegraph [UK]

Bhopal gas disaster's legacy lives on 25 years later

The gas disaster at Bhopal was the world’s worst ever industrial accident…The compensation tribunal set up in the aftermath concluded that more than 500,000 people in Bhopal suffered some damage, injury or trauma as a consequence…When the Union Carbide plant was established in Bhopal in 1969, [t]he plant was built to manufacture the pesticide carbaryl, under the trademark Sevin…There were no precedents for treating victims of MIC poisoning before Bhopal…Union Carbide moved quickly to dampen any suggestion that the gas could be harmful or have any long-term effects…To this day…Union Carbide has refused to release details of the exact constituents of the gas… [also refers to McLeod Russel (India) Limited, Eveready Industries India, Dow Chemical]