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2 Dec 2015

Rishika Baruah, The Quint

Toxic Waste Continues to Poison Bhopal, 31 Years On

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Satinath Sarangi from the Bhopal Group of Information and Action tells...that contamination in the area continues to rise due to the toxic waste from the defunct Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide factory. This, he says, continues to be a serious threat to life...Sarangi claims that approximately 350 tonnes of the deadly chemical waste continues to be stored above the ground in a warehouse and that another 1000 tonnes is buried in the factory premises. He adds that approximately yet another 1000 tonnes is stored in solar evaporation ponds spread over 32 acres in the neighbouring areas. Experts say the residue that is left after the chemicals evaporate has led to further degradation of soil and the water table.