Bayer's move to reduce onsite storage of MIC from 200,000 pounds to 40,000 pounds will do little to protect the community in the event of a disaster. "It is not good enough," said Rachna Dhingra, a spokesperson for the campaign. "If Bayer is saying that the community can rest easy now that only 40,000 pounds is stored onsite, they are being dangerously misleading. It was a leak of a little over 50,000 pounds in Bhopal that killed thousands and maimed hundreds of thousands." A safe community is possible only when the production, transportation and storage of hazardous chemicals, particularly ground-hugging gases like MIC and Hydrogen fluoride, are brought down to zero. 40,000 pounds may present an acceptable risk to Bayer, but the victims of a potential disaster involving MIC may feel differently.
Bhopal, the “Hiroshima of the
chemical industry,” is the world’s worst-ever
industrial disaster. "Students here are like students
elsewhere," says Janine Jacques, a student at Wheaton
College in Massachusetts. "When we learned about
the ongoing catastrophe in Bhopal, we were outraged.
We decided we had to act."You
Keep us informed
of your latest activities! For more information about
the Bhopal campaign or to find out how to organize students
on your campus, contact Shana Ortman at 415-981-6205 ext 355.
was so thrilled when we forced the Indian Government
to agree to a cleanup.
I knew that we could win - and we did!" - Nishant Jain
The international student campaign to hold Dow
accountable for Bhopal, and its other toxic legacies around the world.
For more information about the campaign, or for problems regarding this
website, contact Shana Ortman, the US Coordinator for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.
September 9, 2009
ALL LIVE IN
"The year 2003 was a special
year in the history of the campaign for justice in Bhopal. It was the
year when student and youth supporters from at least 30 campuses in the
US and India took action against Dow Chemical or in support of the demands
of the Bhopal survivors. As we enter the 20th year of the unfolding Bhopal
disaster, we can, with your support, convey to Dow Chemical that the fight
for justice in Bhopal is getting stronger and will continue till justice
is done. We look forward to your continued support and good wishes, and
hope that our joint struggle will pave the way for a just world free of
the abuse of corporate power."
Signed/ Rasheeda Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Affected Women Stationery Employees Union
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal