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[greenyes] Bhopal
WALL STREET JOURNAL - 7/8/03
Bhopal Haunts Dow Chemical
Two Decades After the Disaster
Disaster Survivors to Speak
At Shareholders Meeting

By JIM CARLTON and THADDEUS HERRICK
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


Nearly 20 years after an environmental disaster at a Union Carbide plant in
Bhopal, India, the tragedy remains a thorn in the side of Dow Chemical Co.

Dow, which acquired Union Carbide in 2001, is expected to come under attack
at its annual meeting of shareholders Thursday from a group of survivors of
the 1984 incident, in which a pesticide plant leaked toxic gases that killed
at least 3,000 people and injured tens of thousands more.

Union Carbide years ago sold its interest in the plant and paid $470 million
to the Indian state of which Bhopal is the capital to settle all claims of
liability. But survivors and their supporters continue to hound Dow to pay
as much as $1 billion more in damages for what they call unmet medical bills
and toxic-cleanup needs. The group is seeking to make Dow liable for the
Bhopal legacy through a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The
suit, originally filed against Union Carbide in 1999, was dismissed by the
court in 2000, reinstated on appeal, and dismissed again in March. Survivors
have filed an appeal.

Bhopal is just one of a series of problems for Dow that don't seem to go
away. ...

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