Press Release – Experts Recommend New Groundwater Contamination Assessment

 21 Experts from India and Abroad Call for Reassessment of Groundwater Contamination

 

Children Against Dow-Carbide

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purusg Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh

Bhopal Group for Information and Action

 

27-September-2010

 

PRESS STATEMENT

At a meeting of the Bhopal Environmental Remediation Oversight Committee today in New Delhi of the, the chairman Mr. Jairam Ramesh agreed with the survivors’ organizations that there was a need for a fresh study for a comprehensive assessment of the depth, spread and nature of contaminants in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.  The organizations expressed satisfaction with the fact the peer review group set up by Mr. Jairam Ramesh concurred with the survivors organizations with regard to the poor quality of study carried out by NEERI, NGRI & IICT.

 

Following a directive from the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2008, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) & Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) carried out studies to assess the amount of chemicals and heavy metals in the soil and ground water in and around the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. Reports of these studies were presented at the Group of Ministers meeting in June 2010. The Group of Ministers on Bhopal set up the Bhopal Environment Remediation Oversight Committee which invited comments on the NEERI, NGRI & IICT from 46 individuals and organizations including Indian Institute of Technologies, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Professional associations and Non Governmental organizations including Bhopal survivors’ organizations.

 

Of the 31 reviews received by the Remediation Oversight Committee, 21 found fault with the way NEERI, NGRI and IICT had carried out the site assessment and advised that fresh studies should be carried out for a comprehensive assessment of the depth, spread and nature of contamination in and around the factory premises.  Among others, four experts from Australia, Netherland, England and Germany who presented their critique at the request of the survivors’ organizations found the reports of NEERI, NGRI to be based on inadequate sampling and insufficient coverage of the contaminated areas.

 

Safreen Khan

Children Against Dow-Carbide 

 

Balkrishna Namdeo

Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha

 

Syed M Irfan

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purusg Sangharsh Morcha

 

Rashida Bee, Champa Devi Shukla

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh

Mob. 9425688215

 

Rachna Dhingra, Satinath Sarangi

Bhopal Group for Information and Action

Mob. 9826167369 & 9582314869

 

Link to download the Summary of Experts' Comments on Groundwater Contamination below.

 

 

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