So, very little is done to act against the polluter. The health care system immediately became overloaded.
The terrain where the plant stands is still contaminated with mercury and other carcinogenic substances.
Bhopal now has high rates of birth defects and records a miscarriage rate 7x higher than the national average. These wastes are still lying at the site, polluting soil and groundwater.
The Union government supported this position by filing an application in this case and asking Dow to deposit Rs crore for environmental remediation. The terrain where the plant stands is still contaminated with mercury and other carcinogenic substances. The Supreme Court even set up two committees—one to monitor the functioning of the medical system and the other to advise on what needs to be done for the best care of the victims. Union Carbide and Warren Anderson, was filed in under the U. Without effective enforcement, the system is not even worth the paper on which the many forms are filled and filed. Two government hospitals could not have accommodated half of the population of the city. For 15 years till the disaster, it dumped process wastes, by-products, solvents, sub-standard products, wastes from machinery and polluted water at dump sites inside and outside the plant. The leakage of gas was reported from Plant Number C. As national and international media interest remains high in the case, each incident is played out and charges and counter-charges are made on television and in newspapers. Only very little money actually reached the victims. Later, it was realised that many more were suffering from exposure to the poisonous gas. They say many deaths have not been counted. About Corporate liability is a must Bhopal is about our collective shame.
The number of children exposed to the gases was at leastPTI Updated: Dec 03, Other tanks were used, rather than repairing the gauge. Chemicals abandoned at the plant continue to leak and pollute the groundwater. One employee witnessed a concrete slab above tank E crack as the emergency relief valve burst open, and pressure in the tank continued to increase to 55 psi
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Many of the items in the report were temporarily fixed, but by , conditions had again deteriorated. None of the workers had been ordered to wear protective masks. Even the protection of coastal areas is done under EPA as its subordinate rules. Share Via. Secondly, over time, most residents of the city have moved away and beyond the disaster. But in the polarised and indifferent environment, even their directions have come to naught. When the case began, the government said there were some 3, deaths and 30, cases of injury. In the early s, the demand for pesticides had fallen, but production continued, leading to build-up of stores of unused MIC where that method was used. Symptoms of methyl isocyanate exposure were not immediately known to them. In tubewells in the vicinity of the UCIL factory had to be abandoned and tests in performed by UCC's laboratory revealed that soil and water samples collected from near the factory and inside the plant were toxic to fish. This water was diverted due to a combination of improper maintenance, leaking and clogging, and eventually ended up in the MIC storage tank.
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