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Bhopal update - 07-25-11

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 392546
Date 2011-07-25 18:11:52
Scot, Tomm,

There were several more pickups of the Bhopal NGOs' press statement from
Saturday, including India Today, which laid out in fairly clear reporting
the sequence of events between UCC and the GoI that the NGOs were trying
to vilify.

India Today bought into some of the activist point of view, describing the
negotiated settlement as seeking "exemption from any liability"; the four
types of injury classes as "camouflaging" potential long-term health
effects from the gas leak; and as "shocking" that the settlement specified
UCC was not subject to "future claims...arising out of, or connected with,
the Bhopal gas leak disaster against either or both of them, their
affiliates, directors, officers and employees."

The article also noted the settlement "freed Carbide of any liability in

Rachna Dhingra emailed the text of the India Today article to the
"remember Bhopal" email distribution list.

- The Indian Muslims (, post of the NGOs
press statement was titled "Documents reveal Union Carbide wanted to pay
compensation to victims."

- The Daily News & Analysis appears to be the only print paper that
published items on the NGOs' press conference, with articles on the front
page (below the fold) on p5 at the top, of the Indore edition. The
Saturday edition had a p5 version of the PTI article in which Rachna
Dhingra claimed there was 27,000 more tonnes of chemical waste at the
former UCIL factory site's solar ponds. Full texts available on request.

Law et al News reported on the Maharashtra government's application for
intervention in the MP High Court case on transportation and disposal of
the Bhopal factory waste. This version also refers to the material as
"radioactive." The article does provide the filing's two main points:

- A No Objection Certificate for the waste transport was not
obtained, and

- Madhya Pradesh has an incinerator

The rest of the article appears to be identical to that reported yesterday
from the Daily Pioneer.

This article was posted on the BMA website.

Times of India reported the DRDO and its parent the Defence Research
Development Establishment (DRDE) told the ToI the waste material is not
hazardous, is "nowhere as dangerous as the gas that caused the Bhopal
tragedy, and is not likely to cause any damage due to any accident." The
article related the DRDO process at the incinerator,which "should not be
confused with the Bhopal gas leak." The DRDO applied for approval for the
incineration from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which it said
"may be enough" and is "expected at any time." The DRDO reiterated the
state of Madhya Pradesh is responsible for transporting the material.

The article did note: "At the same time, some experts, including
government officials, were of the opinion that the waste should be cleaned
up by Dow Chemicals of the USA. This would be an example of 'polluter
pays' principle, they said."

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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