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 Bhopal industrial disaster: will justice ever be done?


From Greenpeace: Warren Anderson, Union Carbide CEO at the time of the world's worst industrial disaster in Bhopal, India, lives a life of luxury in New York State. Anderson has been hiding in the US since an explosion at his company's plant in Bhopal caused the immediate deaths of thousands of people and led to life long suffering for almost 120,000 survivors. He is wanted in India to face charges of culpable homicide over the deaths of 20,000 people since the disaster.


Despite being wanted in India and by Interpol, Indian and US authorities have been inactive for the last 18 years. US authorities claimed they could not find Anderson and India has not pursued his extradition from the US for fear of damaging US investment and trade. However last year with the help of a UK newspaper we tracked him down to a luxury home in Long Island, New York. Life as a corporate criminal in the states is hardly difficult - Anderson's yearly golf club membership alone is 3-4 times the average compensation for a Bhopal survivor.

One of the worse points in this story, is that the 30 major hazards that led to this catastrophe were well known at Union Carbide. But rather than fix them in Bhopal, only the company's identical plant in the US was fixed!

Oh, and BTW guess what happened to that site after the catastrophe? It was simply abandoned! Nearly 20 years after, it still contains tons of toxic waste that continue to damage environment and the people living around. :(

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