In the same year the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), an Indian government research agency, published a report that said there was no significant contamination. However, the study was designed to miss potentially toxic organic chemicals and at least nine chemicals found were left unidentified. It did not take long for Arthur D. Little and NEERI to find each other and a new study was hatched. This study, that remains confidential to date, reports that 21% of the factory premises is seriously contaminated with chemicals such as lindane, sevin and temic. The study also found that concentration of contaminants increases with depth and recommended a detailed study to determine the extent of contamination. Nothing materialised.
One year later the State Research Laboratory of the Public Health Engineering Department reported serious chemical contamination in samples taken from 11 tubewells in the area. This laboratory repeated its exercise in 1996 and reported similar results. Municipal authorities declared water from over 100 tube wells to be unfit for drinking but did nothing towards provision of safe drinking water to the affected communities. Later, the state government, while publicly denying contamination by Carbide's chemicals sought a grant of Rs. 8 crores from the Union government to supply alternative drinking water to the affected communities.
While the state government has maintained a long and deliberate silence over the Greenpeace report, it is actively courting the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for funds to deal with the toxic waste problem. Most of the funds are however, expected to go to R. J. Burnside International Ltd., a Canadian environmental engineering firm that is being actively supported by the Chairman, M.P. Pollution Control Board, Mr. V.K. Jain.
The more than 5000 families who are routinely forced to drink the contaminated water have little to rejoice about over the promised Canadian assistance. In all official communication with the CIDA, the toxic waste problem is mentioned only as the chemicals stored in tanks in the plant, godowns and drums. Well over 1000 metric tonnes of chemical waste that lie below the ground and is poisoning drinking water sources, are not mentioned.
In May 2000 the BGPMUS and BGIA denounced the Canadian venture as yet another example of obfuscating the magnitude of the environmental crime of Union Carbide, and actively colluding with the killer corporation in evading criminal and environmental liability. The organisations also called for prosecution of Mr. Jain for his wilful neglect of the environmental health of the communities adjascent to the Carbide factory.