Frightening Findings At Bhopal

Union Carbide and India begin to uncover what happened

The headquarters of Union Carbide in Danbury, Conn., used to have a reputation as a fairly happy shop. Jokes were freely exchanged in the corridors, and executives casually walked around the firm's suburban grounds. Although profits last year were just $323 million on sales of $9.5 billion, below those of the chemical-industry giants, company executives gave the impression that things would soon get better. But since the gas leak on Dec. 3 in Bhopal, India, that left at least 1,400 people dead and perhaps 170,000 more injured, the mood in Danbury has changed dramatically. No one, from Chairman Warren Anderson on...

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