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Friday, January 10, 2003

Greenpeace International has published a damning report on the toxic chemical stockpiles that remain to be dealt with by The Dow Chemical Company at the scene of one of the world's worst industrial accidents ever... a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India.

The 1984 gas leak at this factory (then owned by Union Carbide) rapidly killed 3,000 people, is thought to have killed as many as 20,000 to this day + still leaves 100,000 people ill.

Also see the CorpWatch India Bulletin Board, The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal + The BBC's Bhopal site to find out more on the continuing legal saga + the disaster's long-term consequences.

WARNING: These sites contain many disturbing images!

Interestingly, Union Carbide's own Bhopal site includes the estimate that the $470 million settlement reached in the Indian courts in 1989 will be worth the equivalent of $3.1 billion over the 20 years it is likely to take to finalise payments to the victims...