The National Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

KILLER CARBIDE IS NOW DOW CHEMICAL
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The Dow Chemical Company, USA and Union Carbide Corporation, (UCC) USA merged on February 6th 2001. UCC, responsible for the worst industrial disaster ever in Bhopal in 1984 is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. UCC hopes that this vanishing act will improve it's image and possibly help in evading criminal accountability for the disaster.

It is over 16 years since the disaster in Bhopal. Yet the corporation and officials guilty of causing death and unending suffering in Bhopal remain free and unscathed. For the last nine years, the Corporation and its former chairman, Warren Anderson, have been absconding justice in the Indian courts. Survivors in Bhopal and their supporters worldwide have been opposing the merger ever since it was announced. As part of the Campaign for Justice in Bhopal they now demand that Dow accept the liabilities of UCC.

Holding Union Carbide and Dow accountable is critical for the health and safety of workers and communities all over the world. At a time when the Indian chemical industry is growing five times faster than the global chemical industry, only justice in Bhopal can prevent its recurrence. Let us defeat these multinational’s machinations for evading justice. Ensure that the guilty of Bhopal do not go unpunished. Together, let us hold The Dow Chemical Company accountable for Union Carbide’s crimes.

Now survivors in Bhopal
are demanding that Dow:

  • Accept the pending liabilities of UCC related to death and injury, and make adequate paymments for longterm medical care, research and monitoring of victims.
  • Release the medical information on leaked gases withheld by UCC, as a "trade secret".
  • Pay for the economic rehabilitation of families impoverished as a result of the disaster.
  • Clean up the contaminated soil and groundwater in and around the Bhopal factory.

OPPOSITION TO THE MERGER

Survivors’ organisations in Bhopal wrote to Dow in August 1999 as soon as the merger plans were announced. Dow didn't reply and it was soon evident that they wanted nothing to do with the disaster. "That was a different company", they said. Opposition to the merger began soon after.

Attempts at blocking the merger have included filing complaints before the U.S Securities & Exchange Commission and the Attorney General’s office in New York. These authorities were informed that in its merger application, Dow had withheld information regarding UCC’s pending liabilities. Members of the green caucus also moved a resolution against the merger in the European parliament. Demonstrations were held at Dow's annual shareholders meeting at their headquarters in Midland, Michigan, USA.

A class action suit against The Dow Chemical Company and 17 officials, including their chairman, is currently pending before the U.S Federal Court. The suit, filed on behalf of Dow shareholders, charges company management of potentially causing financial harm through merging with UCC. Plaintiffs have alleged that Dow management is deliberately withholding information relating to UCC’s liabilities in Bhopal.

In spite of our efforts, Dow and Carbide have been successful in completing their merger. Needless to say, much of this success can be attributed to the shameful manner in which U.S and European regulatory authorities have overlooked The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide's suppression of the facts.