Union Carbide India Ltd, that got away with murder in the Bhopal gas disaster, is now owned by Dow Chemicals.
Isn't this enough a reason to ban this Firm in India.??
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There is no preparedness for meeting a disaster in the wake of an accident. On the other hand, these factories are routinely spreading pollution with impunity.. Center is attempting to minimize its responsibility towards protecting lives of citizens by introducing the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill.
(UCC - United Carbide Corporation)
1.UCC was a US company .
2.UCC established UCIL in India .
3.UCC had a 50.9 % stake in UCIL at the time of disaster
4.UCC and UCIL gave India damages of $470 Million for the disaster.
5.UCC sold off completely their stake in UCIL to MacLeod which is now Eveready.
6.Dow Chemicals bought UCC
December 3, 1984
At the time the plant was owned by Union Carbide India,
Ltd. (UCIL), an Indian company whose majority (50.9%) shareholder
was Danbury-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) which was
acquired by Dow Chemical in 2001.
By December 1984 the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal India had been cited for safety violations, failure of monitoring systems, leaks of MIC into the community, and an explosion and fatality.
In 2001 the UCC was tken in control by The Dow Chemical Company claiming acquiring without LIABILITIES of UCC and refused surrender Carbide for trial. As a result of the sale of its shares in UCIL, Union Carbide retained no interest in - or liability for - the Bhopal site, the firm says in a statement.
Its 51% stake in the subsidiary was sold after the accident.
Not only this Dow gone on with law suits on protestors who besieged its offices in India, shouting, â€œDow, you now have Union Carbides blood on your handsâ€. Dow claimed $10,000 in compensation for alleged loss of work resulting from the demonstrations.
The CBIs 2002 attempt at dilution of charges was of a piece with Mr. Sorabjee 2001 advice to the government against seeking Mr. Andersons extradition. However, with the Bhopal magistrate standing firm, the CBI was left with no option but to request the Ministry of External Affairs to seek Mr. Andersons extradition, which the MEA did, obviously reluctantly, in May 2003.
Warren Anderson, former chairman of the American parent company Union Carbide Corp responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, was released after being arrested on December 7 that year on the Central governmentâ€™s orders to Madhya Pradesh.
This fact about the gas tragedy has emerged from declassified CIA documents dated 8 December 1984: a day after Anderson left India and five days after the deadly methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked from Union Carbideâ€™s Bhopal plant.
In July 2004, the U.S. government rejected the Indian request. It stated that the request did not meet the requirements of Article 2(1) and 9 (3) of the extradition treaty between the U.S. and India.
On July 22, 2009, the CJMâ€™s court in Bhopal issued a fresh warrant of arrest against Mr. Anderson, and ordered the CBI to produce him before the court for trial.
I was witness to Mr Jairam ramesh remark in Sept 2009 (minister for Forest and Environment ).Holding up a fistful of mud from the premises, he said, look here, I am not affected. Although later he apologized for this shocking crudity as people like us apposed. None of the reporters reacted as expected although he called and apologized.
Generations of victims exposed to MIC have been indiscriminately prescribed antibiotics, steroids and psychotropic drugs to â€˜manageâ€™ their ailments instead of finding a cure. till date no research has been done deliberately. The study was terminated in 1994 and its findings were not made public. No research has been conducted since and lakhs of people who continue to suffer from MIC exposure only receive symptomatic treatment.
Union Carbide establishes a fund for victims of the tragedy-- the (UCC) Employees' Bhopal Relief Fund --that collects more than $120,000.
UCC sends more medical equipment to Bhopal.
Union Carbide Offers $7 Million Interim Relief
UCC offers $5 million in relief for victims before the U.S. District Court, bringing the total to date to $7 million.
Government of India Rejects Union Carbide Relief
Government of India rejects UCC offers of aid for Bhopal victims.
U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Transfer of Litigation to India
The court rules that UCIL is a separate entity, owned, managed and operated exclusively by Indian citizens in India.
Final Settlement at $470 Million
The Supreme Court of India directs a final settlement of all Bhopal litigation in the amount of $470 million, to be paid by March 31, 1989. Both the Government of India and Union Carbide accept the court's direction. UCC pays $420 million; UCIL pays the rupee equivalent of $50 million (including $5 million of interim relief previously paid).
Union Carbide Makes Full Payment
Within 10 days of the order, UCC and UCIL make full payment of the $470 million to the Government of India.
Supreme Court of India Renders Opinion
The Supreme Court, in a lengthy opinion, explains the rationale for the settlement and emphasizes that the compensation levels provided for in the settlement are substantially higher than those ordinarily payable under Indian law.
Sale of Union Carbide's 50.9% interest in Union Carbide India Limited to McLeod Russel is completed.
1999 On August 4th, Union Carbide and The Dow Chemical Company announce that their boards of directors have approved an $11.6 billion transaction which would result in Union Carbide becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.
2001 On February 6th, Union Carbide Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.
Anderson was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, grievous assault and killing and poisoning human beings and animals. A Bhopal trial court on Monday convicted eight Indian officials of Union Carbide for their criminal negligence that triggered the world's worst industrial disaster, but Anderson was not mentioned in the judgment.
If US is really interest in this case let them to find out Anderson and handover him to Indian Govt if he is alive...
The disaster happened in Bhopal was not a terrorist attack..It was unintentional accident..Criminal negligences were there..Nobody denies it..
Same time, since it was not a pre-planed crime,then what is the use of of scrutinizing that after 25 years...Why didn't the media expose this issues earlier..? Why did the Media wait for the Lethargic 25 years old verdict ?
The credibility of Congress and its vote-bank politics is well known !
The waste left behind at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) factory that was closed 25 years ago after a fatal gas leak continues to poison people around that area and Politics is being played at the expense of the victims. Real justice has been elusive despite substantial evidence of political corporate cover-ups and criminal negligence.
And today we stand to witness the criminal not being punished even after 25 years. But for many in Bhopal, for us the disaster is not just a moment in history to be remembered on anniversaries. It is an ever-present part of our daily life. The generations are affected - physically, financially, and emotionally.
The babies born on that day were name Zahar lal and Gas Devi who have turned 25 years old.
Wake up my dear friends!