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Bayer gives up fight to restart Institute MIC unit

  • Posted on: 18 March 2011
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Bayer gives up fight to restart Institute MIC unit - Charleston Gazette
March 18, 2011 - By Ken Ward Jr.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bayer CropScience has decided not to restart the unit that makes the deadly chemical methyl isocyanate at its Institute plant, officials revealed today.

Al Emch, a lawyer for the company, told a federal judge that Bayer officials in Germany did not want to restart the MIC unit while there was an ongoing government inspection of the facility.

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are conducting a broad review of the plant, including the MIC unit, and have said they may not complete their work until September.

Emch said that timeline made it impossible for Bayer to resume producing the pesticide Temik, which is made with MIC, until after the 2011 growing season had ended.

The move ends a quarter-century effort by some local residents to rid the Kanawha Valley of the Institute plant's stockpile of MIC, the chemical best known for killing thousands of people in a 1984 leak at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.

"I am heartened with Bayer's decision and believe that we are safer as a result," said Maya Nye, a leader of the local group People Concerned About MIC, and one of 16 residents who had sued to block Bayer from restarting the unit.

CNN-IBN: Cancer rates in Bhopal

  • Posted on: 17 March 2011
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Bhopal gas tragedy: cancer rates treble

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Mumbai: It was undoubtedly the world's worst industrial disaster but 26 years on, the skeletons of the past still haunt the population. The Indian Council of Medical Research has carried out more than 18 studies on the health impact of Methyl IsoCyanide (MIC) gas, which people in Bhopal were exposed to.

The latest, a 19-year long, as yet unpublished, study on Cancer Patterns has some startling findings.
According to a study conducted from 1989 -2008, incidents of cancer in areas affected by Methyl Isocyanide (MIC) increased by 72 per cent during this period.

Cancer rates for women in MIC-affected sites shot up by 115 per cent, compared to 82 per cent increase among women in areas not affected by the leak.

Cancer in all sites -- MIC-affected as well as those unaffected -- increased in men by 3.4 times and in women by 2.5 times.

Dow kicked out of Trade Fair after Bhopalis Protest

  • Posted on: 4 March 2011
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Aquatech Dissociates With Dow After Bhopalis Protest

“Dow need not pour money into such conferences to sell its water technologies, instead it should just accept the liability of Bhopal, clean up the toxic wastes and contaminated groundwater. It would get the clean image it is so looking forward to. " - Nawab Khan, ICJB, Press Conference
2 March, 2011. MUMBAI -- Dow Chemical has been struck off the list of partners to the Aquatech 2011 water Die in Protest at Aquatechtechnologies trade fair currently being held in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, after Bhopal survivors held a press conference yesterday and staged a protest today at the venue. Nearly 70 survivors staged a die-in outside the Exhibition Hall inside the Bombay Exhibition Centre, where Dow was listed to have an exhibition stall. Speaking for the organisers, Commander Dalal of Inter Ads-Brooks Exhibitions said "We had a discussion with Dow on this, and Dow is no longer part of this trade fair. They are not here today, and they will not be here tomorrow or the day after." Mr. Dalal also expressed his solidarity with the Bhopal survivors.