Category Archives: Union Carbide

A Brief History of the Criminal Case Outstanding Against Union Carbide in Relation to the 1984 Bhopal Disaster

A Brief History of the Criminal Case Within 24 hours of the gas leak, state authorities launched criminal proceedings.1 The crime was registered under section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which concerns causing death by negligence.2 Nine individuals and three corporations were accused, of which one individual and two corporations were based […]

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History of the Criminal Case Outstanding Against Union Carbide in Relation to the 1984 Bhopal Disaster

Criminal failure and “The Chilling Effect”: a short history of the Bhopal criminal prosecutions (First Published, December 2014: Social Justice Vol. 41-1/2. Bhopal and After: The Chemical Industry as Toxic Capitalism) Union Carbide’s gassing of Bhopal was first a criminal justice issue. Crime No.1104/84 was registered, suo moto, by Hanumanganj Police Station House Officer Surinder […]

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IITR Confirms 42 Colonies Now Affected by Contaminated Water Crisis

The Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) has now submitted its latest report, regarding the contamination of groundwater in Bhopal communities, to the apex committee of the Supreme Court. The report confirms excessive levels of nitrate, chloride and heavy metals in 20 further colonies, bringing to 42 the number with groundwater contaminated by chemicals believed […]

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Harsh Lessons in Occupational Health and Safety History: the Union Carbide Disaster

In the June 2018 issue of the Safety Institute of Australia’s publication ‘OHS Professional’ BMA’s Tim Edwards and Colin Toogood describe a litany of occupational health and safety transgressions from the earliest days of the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal; and how a complex series of interacting events including design defects, repeated failures, reduced staff […]

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Actor Martin Sheen Joins Investors’ Call on DowDuPont to Reveal True Costs of Bhopal Disaster

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Chicago – Today, stockholders in DowDuPont cast their final votes on three shareholder resolutions1 addressing the company’s continuing liability for the Bhopal chemical disaster. The resolutions describe increasing shareholder concern that management is mishandling the ongoing Bhopal controversy and call on DowDuPont to disclose the cost of this controversy upon the company’s reputation, […]

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.