25’ 000 People dead,a million and half permanently sick
A horror that struck in Bhopal, ‘Madhya Pradesh-State’ of India due to thepoisonous Methyl-Isocyanate-gas leak in Union Carbide Pesticide Plantremains as a nightmare.The land remains poisoned and polluted even after,more than two and half decades. Neither Unioncarbide nor the Government of India bothered toclean it up. More than 40 metric tons of toxicchemical still remains to be disposed even after 25years.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bhopal Union CarbideUnion Carbide Corporation is one of the largest chemical polymercompanies in the United States. Anderson was born in Brooklyn, NewYork, in 1921 to Swedish immigrant parents
CAUSE OF GAS LEAK
On December 02 between midnight and 0330, 1984, large amounts of water entered tank 610, containing 42 tons of methyl Isocyanate (A saltor ester of isocyanic acid) Isocyanic acid = An acid known only in the formof its esters.Addition of water with Isocyanic acid resulted exothermic reactionincreasing the temperature inside the tank more than 200 °C (392 °F).Enormous pressure rise forced the emergency venting, releasing the toxicgases (
) into the atmosphere flooding the city of Bhopal.How a large amount of water entered the tank is not yet found – rather itwas prohibited to investigate. Exothermic reaction = A chemical reactionaccompanied by the generation of enormous heat
The Union Carbide product was pesticide 'Sevin' is not polluting asDDT and was equally effective against numerous kinds of pests. Itwas in great demand in many Third World countries at that time,
Read: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=2783Warren Anderson the top US official of the plant fled India after giving anaffidavit in the court; he will appear before the court of law anytime thecourt wants him which did not happen even after 26 years. He wasarrested and was on bail on the same day. Everything went on his favor.He joined the more than one million US criminals absconding in that