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India / Gas Leak Aftermath #88525

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 09, 1984
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(Studio) Union Carbide chairperson Warren Anderson reported ordered out of India; details given. Company's contribution to relief fund for victims of Monday's poison gas leak from Union Carbide plant in Bhopal mentioned; death toll so far reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Bhopal, India) Long-term health problems from methyl isocyanate poisoning examined; medical ignorance of long-range effect of gas noted. [Dr. Brij MATHUR - acknowledges ignorance of gas.] Psychological impact on survivors considered; demonstration by Bhopal artists and intellectuals noted. [Artist Bansi KAUL - claims such experiments are only conducted in Third World.] Union Carbide mentioned planning orphanage for town; extent of legal action against company noted. [Attorney John COALE - explains strategy of filing suit.]
REPORTER: Jim Hickey

(Studio) Union Carbide plant in West Virginia similar to that in Bhopal reported temporarily closed.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Cambridge, Massachusetts) Controversy here over Defense Department's Arthur D. Little, Incorporated (ADL) laboratory testing of chemical and nerve gases examined. [ADL president John MAGEE - cites need for capacity to protect people against chemical agents.] [Residents Charles NICHOLEIDES, Eileen FLYNN - oppose such research in residential neighborhoods.] ADL's proximity to populated area noted. [Dr. Sheldon KRIMSKY - explains small amount of gas necessary to kill humans.] [MAGEE - defs. lab's site.] City council said trying to ban testing, while state judge expected to rule on city's right to do so soon.
REPORTER: John McKenzie

Donaldson, Sam;
Hickey, Jim;
McKenzie, John

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