Bhopal Gas Disaster Of 1984

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The Bhopal Gas Disaster of 1984
On the Night of December 2, 1984, there was a horrific accident at the Union Carbide Pesticide Chemical Factory in Bhopal, India. The factory produced a chemical called methyl isocyanate (MIC) also know by Union Carbide as “Liquid Dynamite”. It is an organic compound with the molecular formula CH3NCO MIC is a highly reactive intermediate chemical used to manufacture various pesticides. This chemical reacts exothermically with water and produces a poisonous gas that can be fatal. Carbide’s greed for a profit proved to be catastrophic for both Union Carbide and the town of Bhopal. Carbide reduction of the safety features in the factory resulted in the world’s largest industrial disaster in history. Safety features are in place for the safety of the workers, the surrounding area, the environment, and the repetition of the company and its owners and sure always be adhered to.

The Bhopal disaster could have been prevented on many different levels. The Bhopal plant had many different safety features that would have prevented the disaster from happening altogether, however, there were more thing that could have prevented the tragedy as well. The Union Carbide received many reports about MIC and on the conditions of the plant. The most recent being a few months prior to the disaster. The plant had a medical officer, Kumkum Saxena, whose job was to understand the chemicals the Union Carbide Company handled in its factories. Ms.…

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