ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 11, 1984
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(Studio) Union Carbide reported admitting knowledge of safety problems at Bhopal, India, plant two years ago which could result in gas leak such as that which occurred there recently killing thousands.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Institute, West Virginia) Union Carbide's media tour of plant here, which mfrs. methyl isocyanate, featured; films shown. Major safety problems at Bhopal plant revealed in 1982 company report outlined on screen, discussed. [Company spokesperson Jackson BROWNING - doesn't know if safety problems had been solved; cites lack of inspection.] Similarity between Indian plant and that in West Virginia considered. [December 5, 1984, BROWNING - notes Bhopal plant was designed and built by American engineers.] [Today, BROWNING - claims Indian affiliate was responsible for Bhopal site's design and construction.] [West Virginia state representative Charlotte PRITT - thinks residents have right to be afraid.] Questions raised by safety report considered.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
(Bhopal, India) [Bhopal Mayor Dr. R. K. BASARYA - notes town was never warned of plant's dangers.] Basarya said receive word of 1982 safety report only now; Indian journalist, however, noted rpting. plant's potential dangers last June. Article shown. [Attorney Melvin BELLI - will pursue Union Carbide chairperson Warren Anderson.] [Company spokesperson Vijay AWASTHY - denies safety problems at Bhopal site.] Amt. of methyl isocyanate remaining at plant mentioned. Mother Teresa's tour of Bhopal noted. [Mother TERESA - urges forgiveness.]
REPORTER: Jim Hickey