Dow Must Pay

"We're fasting to insist on the truth and to let the world know that the world's largest chemical corporation is now responsible for the liabilities in the world's worst industrial disaster," said 51-year old Devi, referring to the February 2001 Dow-Carbide merger, and Dow's inheritance of Carbide's Bhopal liabilities. Devi's husband and five children were exposed to Carbide's gases during the disaster, with her husband succumbing to cancer in 1997. Devi's granddaughter was born with deformities, a condition common to children born to gas-affected parents.

"Dow can deny its liabilities all it wants. But its liabilities and our struggle will only grow as time passes. As long as Carbide's toxic legacy continues to haunt Bhopal, Carbide's liabilities will haunt Dow and its shareholders," said Sarangi. On April 25, victims' and survivors' organizations reopened a recently dismissed class action suit seeking clean up and compensation for contamination-related damages, by filing an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Union Carbide currently faces criminal charges, including manslaughter, in a Bhopal court for their role in the gas disaster.

Last year, socially responsible investment firms with over $13 billion in assets sent a letter to Dow highlighting its liabilities in Bhopal and expressed the need for urgent action. Since the Union Carbide merger, Dow has suffered serious financial losses, prompting industry observers at Forbes and Business Week to highlight the Carbide purchase as a likely bad investment and future liability for the company.

"Dow's irresponsible behavior on the Bhopal issue is in line with its corporate ethos. What can you expect of a company that has poisoned its own nest?" asked Terry Miller of Bay City-based Lone Tree Council. Miller, who is a resident of Bay County, says Dow facilities in Midland have contaminated large areas in the vicinity, including the Tittabawasee river flood plain. Trillium Asset Management has filed a resolution asking the company to report to shareholders on dioxin and persistent toxic compounds. The resolution seeks information on all contaminated areas, potential liabilities, and future plans related to the company's operations and products.

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal calls upon Dow to face longstanding criminal charges against Carbide in India, release toxicological information regarding the poison gases, arrange for long-term medical rehabilitation and monitoring, provide economic rehabilitation and social support for survivors children, and clean up the toxic wastes and contaminated groundwater in and around Carbide's old factory site.

For more information, visit: http://www.bhopal.net

In the US, contact:
Nityanand Jayaraman: 520 906 5216 (cell) nity68@vsnl.com
Tracey Easthope: 734-223-7603 (cell)
Krishnaveni Gundu 832-444-1731 (cell) krishnaveni_g@sbcglobal.net

In the UK, contact: Tim Edwards. tim@lifecycle.demon.co.uk

In Bhopal, contact: Rachna Dhingra. Tel: 0755 2747983 rachna@umich.edu

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