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Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on August 06, 1999 at 15:48:23:

In Reply to: So this is the fault of - Union Carbide? posted by Dr. Cruel on August 06, 1999 at 12:15:28:

: Let me get this straight. A company arranges to create a chemical factory in India. Disgruntled workers, desiring to vent their frustrations, decide to sabotage the plant. Many die.

1:UC has refused to engage in a full court case or investigation to allow the sabotage theory to be proven.
2:UC's safety equipment failed, anyway, so even if sabotage was involved, the safety equipment wasn't up to limitting it.
3:On the night, and several days after, UC staff were saying MIC (Methyl isocyanate) is just a potent tear gas. 8,000 died in teh first few nights.
4:UC refuses to give toxicological information regarding MIC, claiming it is a trade secret, thus preventing doctors from adequately treating victims.
5:The Alarm stayed silent.
6:Between 1980 and 1984 staff on the MIC tank were cut from 12 to 6, maintenance on the tank cut from 6 to 2.
7:On the night of the accident the refrigerator meant to keep the MIC at zero degree C was switched off to save electricity; the safety equipment was down for maintenance.

This is where culpability lies- there is no proof of sabotage beyond UC's word.

: Hmm. I think I'm beginning to get the grip on this 'left-wing' thing, Gee. I feel more holy already.

I am not left-wing.

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