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Bhopal update - 11-10-11

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 395271
Date 2011-11-10 17:22:42
Scot, Tomm,

The BMA Facebook and Twitter feeds posted links to Agent Orange activist
Len Aldis' website "Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society," and the Midland
Daily News article on Dow funding remediation of the Tittabawassee River
near its Midland plant.

- The BVFS link was introduced by BMA as "More Dow (and Monsanto)
fun and games with Agent Orange." The BVFS site links to an online
petition addressed to Pres. Obama calling for reversal of the 2009 U.S.
Supreme Court decision against Vietnamese people seeking compensation from
Dow and Monsanto. The BMA's Colin Toogood appears to be the most recent
person to sign the petition.

- BMA's comment on the MDN story is "Dow to clean up! er, in the

The BMA's petition to Lord Coe has about 925 signatures this
morning. Petition originator Lorraine Close had urged supporters to reach
1,000 signatures yesterday.


- Discovery Channel's green website reported on
Coca-Cola's initiative to recycle all of the clear PET bottles at the
London Olympics, then questioned the validity of the Games "green" claims,
based on Dow's sponsorship of the Olympic stadium wrap. At that point,
Treehugger's Business/Corporate Responsibility reporter Rachel Cernansky
inserted quotes from the 11/3 Independent and AP articles on the MP's
questioning Lord Coe on the Dow sponsorship decision.

The article has not received any comments, but has been tweeted 55

- Pacific Free Press, a Left media source based in British Columbia,
posted a lengthy and particularly vitriolic article by a retired British
"counsellor" named Terrence Stone. He includes the Bhopal gas accident
among several topics covered in the piece. On the Bhopal topic, he claims
"all those deaths were murders"; "The management of Union Carbide back in
the USA gloated over the money they'd saved by cutbacks in safety,
ignoring repeated warnings of imminent catastrophe"; and "Dow Chemical
eventually ended up buying the still unsafe plant and is one of the major
producers of pesticides in India today, along with Monsanto."

Stone and his wife had traveled to South Asia last year and crossed
paths with "an American couple who belong to The Friends of Bhopal," who
gave him Dominque LaPierre's book It Was Five Past Midnight in Bhopal.
The other topics in the article are Agent Orange and Napalm use during
the Vietnam war (specifically in Cambodia), and former Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger's "Operation Breakfast" campaign of bombing in

- A US EPA press release about a Missouri pharmaceutical company
paying a fine for environmental violations ends with a description of the
US Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) being
enacted in the wake of the Bhopal gas accident and "a later toxic release
from a West Virginia chemical plant."

- Film review website Pajiba included the Bhopal gas accident in an
article about man-made or natural disasters the writer would like to see
used as "backdrops for a Hollywood disaster movie."

Also of interest, a Dow Corning press release announced it will " feature
silicone-based solutions for use in transdermal drug delivery, topical
treatment and pharmaceutical processing at CPhI India 2011, 30 Nov - 2 Dec
2011 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India."

This may be a protest opportunity for the Bhopal activists, especially
given the recent controversy over questionable ethics involved in the
BMHRC's inclusion of gas-affected patients in drug trials.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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