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Union Carbide’s brazen, criminal disregard for safety nauseates still

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Caution To The Wind

  • Bhopal plant was designed using cheaper, unproven techniques 
  • Union Carbide felt it was an “acceptable business risk”
  • Unlike in the US plant, key safety equipment had no back-up 
  • Hazardous operations were done manually, unlike in the US
  • Manpower was slashed and training cut down

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on his way back from the recent G-20 summit in Toronto, righteously declared his desire to push for a “more favourable” US attitude to extradite former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson. But as his government begins to push for it, which past Congress and BJP governments have failed to do, those monitoring the bitter aftermath of the Bhopal tragedy say it’s not a paucity of factual evidence—to establish Anderson’s guilt of cutting costs on safety measures—but the lack of political will to take on the Americans that impedes...

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