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The Bhopal Tragedy
The bhopal tragedy

On December 3, 1984, the Union Carbide facility in Bhopal, India, released a massive cloud of methyl isocyanate gas (MIC). The gas cloud killed over 3,500 people and injured over 500,000 more. Bhopal remains one of the worst industrial accidents in world history (Broughton, 2005). Dow Chemical purchased Union Carbide in 2001. Unfortunately for Dow Chemical, the purchase included the Bhopal situation. In December of 2011, I received the following e-mail message.

In 1984, an industrial plant in Bhopal, India leaked 27 tons of toxic gas. Thousands of people in the local area were killed and half a million exposed—making it one of the world's worst industrial catastrophes.

Twenty-seven years later, the situation remains a humanitarian and environmental crisis. The company ...

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