Union Carbide documents showing that "unproven technology" was used in Bhopal

On 2 December 1973 three documents were presented to the Management Committe of Union Carbide Eastern Inc, a subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation: a two-page internal memorandum relating to the company’s plan to begin manufacturing methyl-isocyanate at its Bhopal factory; supported by a four-page capital budget plan and a forty-four page project proposal. The plan called for the use of “unproven technology” in the highly hazardous MIC unit. Despite the misgivings and warnings of design engineers, this was deemed to be “an acceptable risk”.

Exactly eleven years later – on the night of December 2nd 1984 – Carbide’s unproven technology, functioning badly in a by then run-down and loss-making factory – combined with non-existent staff training, a savage programme of cost-cutting and almost total absence of maintenance – released 27 tonnes of deadly methyl-isocyanate into the night air of Bhopal.

Internal memorandum page 1
Internal memorandum page 2

Capital Budget Plan cover sheet
Capital Budget Plan page 1
Capital Budget Plan page 2
Capital Budget Plan page 3

Project Proposal cover
Project Proposal index
Project Proposal index of schedules
Project Proposal page 1
Project Proposal page 2
Project Proposal page 3
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Project Proposal page 21a
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