Bhopal Union Carbide Analysis.pdf

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Management (MGS)
Peter P Constantinou

Bhopal-Union Carbide  2000 people died, 200,000 injured in leak of methyl isocyanate gas from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India  chemical = 500 times more toxic than cyanide  methyl isocyanate stored in a tank started boiling violently  cooling unit that should’ve switched on automatically had been disabled for at least a year  manager + senior operator disregarded the readings on gauges in the control room because they often malfunctioned  workers kept working even though their eyes were burning because there were often minor leaks in the plant + many of the workers = illiterate + unaware the chemical = deadly  Emergency valves on storage tank exploded + toxic gas = drifting toward shantytowns  Not enough water pressure in company fire trucks to spray escaping gas + neutralize the chemical  Vent scrubber meant to neutralize gas with caustic soda = shut down for maintenance  Flare tower to burn off gas not work  Blinded, burns + lesions in nasal + bronchial passages  India govt. allowed US plant there to increase pesticide production to increase good production to feed India’s huge population o Pesticides = cut annual grain losses from 25% to 15%  enough to feed 70 million more people for a full year o Provides Indian workers with jobs o Cheap labour, low taxes, few s
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