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Bhopal update - 08-11-11 media #1

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 394732
Date 2011-08-11 16:42:01
Scot, Tomm,

Maharashtra media the Hitavada published on its front two pages an article
previewing the Jabalpur High Court hearing scheduled for today on the
question of whether the Bhopal factory chemical waste can and will be sent
to the DRDO incinerator near Nagpur. The article related the legal filings
and rulings leading up to today's hearing. It also reported the MP state
documents about the site have been supplied to the Maharashtra Pollution
Control Board, and the MPCB `is likely seek more time" for the report it
was due to provide the court today. The "state" (presumably Maha) "has set
up an expert committee of high level officials to study the [MP] reports."
However, the MPCB's analysis of samples it was directed to collect from
the factory site "could not be done" to meet today's deadline "due to
Monsoon session [sic] and oil spill near Mumbai."

The hearing today is scheduled to include "NGOs and others who are seeking
intervention in the matter and recall of order." Full text available on

IBNS reported the ICJB sent its letter to PM Singh about Dow's Olympic
sponsorship, as previously mentioned, and to the president of the Indian
Olympic Associaiton. The NGO group also said petitions would be circulated
among athletes and the British public for signatures and "to register
their protest on Dow's sponsorship." The report quoted Rachna Dhingra on
behalf of the BGIA, who alleged Dow's action in addressing UCC issues in
the US but not in India is "racist."

The Bhopal activists said "The Organising Committees of Olympics hugely
underestimate the negative fallout" that can occur from Dow's sponsorship.

The AroundtheRings Olympics blog reported "Dow rejects criticisms" of its
Olympic sponsorship. In addition to Dow's position statement, the article
included the BMA's blog comments by Lorraine Close and those from Indian
Olympic Association president V.K. Malhotra calling for Dow's sponsorship
to be cancelled.

Daily News & Analysis reported the MP govt "on Tuesday set up an inquiry
commission to examine the various aspects of the [Bhopal gas] accident."
The panel is to consider the "role of the state administration and others
in the arrest, release and providing safe passage to Warren Anderson (UCC
chief), leading to his ascension (sic)" and "basic issues such whether the
UCC plant was set up in compliance of strict regulations, and whether it
was equipped with adequate safety measures and whether it took safety
measures in disposal of the hazardous waste." Some observers are skeptical
of the move, calling it politically expedient, while others considered it
"better late than never."

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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