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#NeverForget the Union Carbide Gas Leak in Bhopal India on December 2nd, 1984.

    The night of the 2nd-3rd of December 1984 was one of the (if not THE) largest industrial accidents in history. An accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India released 30 tons of various highly toxic gases into the air, exposing up to 600,000 people. The gas cloud stayed low to the ground and spread through the shanty towns that surrounded the plant. Though the plant had internal and external alarms, the external alarm was disabled after it went off, preventing the people in surrounding neighborhoods from fleeing to safety upwind. It was not sounded again until the leak had been contained, too late to fix the damage that had already been done.

    Approximately 15,000 people died from the aftermath of the accident. Additionally, many children are born with physical and mental impairments because of their parent's exposure. The area's water is likely still contaminated. The cleanup still remains to be completed, and human rights groups report that thousands of tons of hazardous waste is still buried below ground. Dow Chemical took over Union Carbide in 2001, and survivors of the accident report that the new owners have slowed the cleanup.

    Though there was a civil action leading to a fund to help the survivors, the only individuals ultimately held responsible were Indian nationals, not the powerful heads of the U.S. Corporation that were ultimately in charge of operations.

    Let us Never Forget the many people harmed and killed by this terrible accident. Let us Never Forget that there are still over 100,000 people struggling with serious medical conditions because of this accident. Let this never happen again.


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