30 Years Since Bhopal Disaster

Today marks 30 years since the chemical leak in Bhopal, India that left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands injured. While chemicals manufacturing can be an inherently dangerous business, this kind of accident should never happen. It’s widely reported that settlements between Union Carbide and the Indian government were wildly inadequate to properly compensate victims and their families. UC (now owned by Dow Chemical) and its officials have avoided the Indian court system while at the same time fighting off attempts within the US to get more compensation. UC is reported to claim that only the local subsidiary that officially owned and ran the plant has any responsibility for the accident.