Bhopal, India, 1984

“Run! Gas! Death!” The shouts were heard early one morning in December 1984 in Bhopal, India, after deadly gas, methyl isocyanate, exploded from a Union Carbide chemical plant shortly after midnight, and continued to discharge for almost two hours. For most, the warnings came too late.

Thousands died instantly or within hours; tens of thousands suffered injuries that continue to affect them.  The explosion resulted from cost-cutting measures by the company, including failing to provide safety systems installed in a comparable American plant, failing to provide adequate staffing, and failing to provide emergency response plans.  The residents of the shanty town surrounding the plant paid the price.  The environment around the plant remains contaminated.

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