For those of you who are not aware of this...
The Bhopal disaster is largely regarded as one of the biggest industrial accidents ever.
In 1984 the Bhopal chemical plant, owned by Union Carbide, released vast amounts of poisonous gas into the atmosphere... The gas killed thousands of
people, on that night, and is reported to be responsible for up to 25,000 deaths in total with a possible 200,000 people suffering severe health
issues as a direct result of the incident.
Children are still being born with deformities and, although the plant is now closed, there has never been a thorough clean up of the
Many issues where raised in the investigation into this incident, which include...
The use of dangerous chemicals (instead of more expensive safer alternatives)
Safety systems switched off to save money
Lack of skilled operators
Lack of staff training
Most of the problems can be linked directly to Union Carbide cutting corners to save money....
In 1993 Union Carbide offered 350 Million US Dollars in compensation to the victims... the Indian Government refused this, although the eventually
settled for 480 Million...
Thats around $2133 for each person who either died or was seriously affected by this.
And now, 25 years later, who has been brought to justice for this crime???
8 of the plants Indian managers!!!
Not one of the former union carbide hierarchy have been held accountable for this! The Union Carbide Executives have all escape unscathed and have
refused to obey a summons of the indian court to answer to charges of culpable homicide.
Ever since this disaster happened there has been attempts to cover up the extent of this incident... And now, the best the victims can get in a way of
justice is 8 former managers (relatively low level employees) sent to prison for two years...
The Bhopal Chemical Plant
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[edit on 7-6-2010 by Muckster]