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India / Gas Leak Aftermath #88453

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 04, 1984
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(Studio) Est. death toll so far, primarily among children, in Bhopal, India, gas leak reported.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Bhopal, India) Extent of catastrophe examined; films shown. [Major G.K. TIWARI - describes scene.] Prime Min. Rajiv Gandhi's promise of prompt emergency medical aid and investigation mentioned; local authorities' action against Union Carbide plant, source of leak, include arrests of top officials, detailed. Similar leak here recalled killing several in 1978. [Relief worker Indira IYENGAR - wants plant closed permanently.]
REPORTER: Mark Litke

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) Union Carbide's team of experts en route to India to aid efforts there said include board chairperson Warren Anderson. [ANDERSON - describes company's relief efforts.] Toxicity of methyl isocyanate, culprit in Bhopal disaster, explained. [Company health and safety director Jackson BROWNING - notes company's lack of experience with leaks in determining long-range effects.] Methyl isocyanate's role in pesticides mentioned. [Natural Resources Defense Council spokesperson Jackie WARREN - notes toxicity of methyl isocyanate in comparison to gas used in World War I.] Union Carbide reported denying escaping United States safety standards with plants in Third World; details given.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Institute, West Virginia) Union Carbide plant here said only United States site of methyl isocyanate production; company's role in community described. [Rehabilitation ctr. John HARRISON - acknowledges initial concerns.] [Residents Wayne NABORS, Homer HARRIS - have mixed emotions.] [Fire chief LaRahn GUTHRIE - fears entire valley would be wiped out if similar leak occurred here.] [Emergency service DIR. - isn't afraid.] Methyl isocyanate noted shipped by ground nationwide.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

Gregory, Bettina;
Koppel, Ted;
Litke, Mark;
Peterson, Roger

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