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 प्रेस विज्ञप्ति                    5 जून 2015

विश्व पर्यावरण दिवस के अवसर पर यूनियन कार्बाइड के परित्यक्त कारखाने के आस पास के रहवासियों ने आज पिछले 19 सालों से दबे हज़ारों टन जहरीले कचरे को हटा नहीं पाने की सरकार की विफलता के खिलाफ  प्रदर्शन 13 जो कैंसर और जन्मजात विकृतियां  पैदा करते है और जो जिगर, फेफड़े और मस्तिष्क को नुक्सान पहुंचाते है ।


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Resident of water contaminated areas ask the Govt of India when will the Union Carbide’s toxic waste be cleaned up?

Press Statement                       June 05, 2015

On the occasion of World Environment Day residents from the neighbourhood of Union Carbide’s abandoned factory in Bhopal demonstrated against the Indian government’s failure in removing thousands of tons of poisonous waste for the last 19 years. Hundreds of residents stood in the form of a question mark and held a banner atop the mound below which the hazardous waste lies buried. The demonstrators said that the question mark was meant to signify the many unanswered questions about the ongoing contamination in an area greater than 20 square kilometres.


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फरवरी 24, 2015

भोपाल में यूनियन कार्बाइड हादसे के पीड़ितों के बीच काम कर रहे पाँच संगठनों ने आज एक पत्रकार वार्ता में संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ के पर्यावरण कार्यक्रम द्वारा यूनियन कार्बाइड कारखाने के आस-पास के जहरीले प्रदूषण के वैज्ञानिक आंकलन की सम्भावना व्यक्त की | संगठनों के नेताओं ने पर्यावरण, वन एवं जलवायु परिवर्तन मंत्री श्री प्रकाश जावडेकर की भोपाल यात्रा के दौरान उनसे इस सम्बन्ध में चर्चा की है |

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Bhopal gas survivor ask the environment minister Mr. Javdekar to take up the UNEP offer of comprehensive scientific assessment of the contamination and UC factory

Press Statement
24 February 2015

At a press conference today, five organisations working for the welfare of the survivors of the December ’84 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal announced the possibility of a comprehensive scientific assessment of the contamination around the Union Carbide factory by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The leaders of the organisations met with Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change during his recent visit to Bhopal for the discussion on the issue.

The organisations said that their supporters in the US had written to officials in UNEP for carrying out a scientific assessment on the depth and spread of different contaminants in and around the abandoned factory premises. In their response, UNEP officials mentioned that they would require a formal request from the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India in order to consider the request.

The organisations stated that as per the 2012 report of the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, soil and ground water of 22 communities within 3.5 kms of the factory was contaminated by the recklessly dumped hazardous wastes of Union Carbide. Recent tests indicate that the contamination has spread beyond these 22 communities.

The organisations said that according to the “polluter pays” principle, Union Carbide, USA that designed the waste management system in Bhopal, is legally liable for environmental remediation of the contaminated area. They said that Dow Chemical that took over Union Carbide USA, in 2001 is currently liable for the clean up based on the principle of successor liability. They said that the Government of India has sought Rs 350 crores from Dow Chemical as advance for cleanup in the ongoing litigation in the Madhya Pradesh High Court. They said that the actual amount of liability and the most appropriate strategy for remediation can be ascertained through the comprehensive scientific assessment.

The organisations said that UNEP with its long experience of environmental assessment and its independent status is the ideal organization to carry out the scientific assessment in Bhopal. According to the organisations Mr. Javadekar has promised a response on this matter within 15 days.

Rashida Bi,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
94256 88215

Nawab Khan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

Balkrishna Namdeo,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action

Safreen Khan,
Children Against Dow Carbide

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