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India / Poison Gas Leak Aftermath #535257

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 06, 1984
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(Studio) Indian state government reported filing criminal negligence suit against Union Carbide subsidiary for recent poison gas leak in Bhopal.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(New Delhi, India) Bhopal's effort to cope with survivors' medical plight, health risks posed by animal and human corpses and other factors examined; films shown. [Union Carbide safety investigator Ron VAN MYNEN - has same questions about incident as do others.] Initial findings into leak's cause outlined, illustrated on screen. [Govt. CHEMIST - believes incident could have been avoided had qualified supervisor been at the plant.] Implications for Third World ntns., such as India, of West companies' adherence to industrial safety standards considered.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Union Carbide officials mentioned claiming adequate insurance to cover anticipated suits.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) OSHA reported dispatching inspectors to Union Carbide plants in Institute, West Virginia, and Woodbine, Georgia, to check their procedures for handling methyl isocyanate in US; relatively little federal regulation of chemical despite large amount transported by ground annually noted. [EPA spokesperson John SKINNER - thinks large percentage of storage tanks are leaking.] Dupont's safety precautions for methyl isocyanate described, shown [Dupont plant manager Richard STEWART - notes co.'s approach to chemical.] Recent leak of methyl isocyanate at FMC's New York plant noted. [FMC spokesperson James MINSKER - recalls incident.] [School principal Geraldine LUPO - describes evacuation, injuries to children from FMC leak.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Hager, Robert

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