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India / Gas Leak Aftermath #294816

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 11, 1984
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(Studio) Efforts to stabilize methyl isocyanate remaining at Union Carbide's Bhopal, India, plant, site of recent leak, noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Institute, West Virginia) Bhopal's contd effort to cope with tragedy noted; arrival of Prime Min. Rajiv Gandhi and Mother Teresa mentioned, shown. [Mother TERESA - urges all to help and to forgive.] [Attorney Mayavaram RAMAMURTHI - wants immediate financial compensation for survivors.] Union Carbide's handling of situation, include chairperson Warren Anderson's trip to Bhopal, reviewed; company's press tour of West Virginia plant which also produces methyl isocyanate featured. [Plant manager Hank KARAWAN - defends. company] [Company spokesperson Richard HENDERSON - supports openness approach.] Similar tactic used by Tylenol thought helping it survive tampering crisis; General Public Utilities Corp.'s silence during Three Mile Island affair recalled. [GPU spokesperson John FIDLER - agrees with openness approach.] [West Virginia citizens group spokesperson Perry BRYANT - questions company's willingness to be open once media has left town.] Econ. problems still faced by Union Carbide considered.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) French government reported ordering Union Carbide plant there to refuse delivery of scheduled shipment of methyl isocyanate; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Reporter(s):
Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:02:50

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