Environment: More Woe for Union Carbide

More Woe for Union Carbide

It came down like rain, but what was falling on a West Virginia shopping mall was a chemical compound that had leaked from a Union Carbide plant in South Charleston. About 5,700 lbs. of a mixture containing mesityl oxide escaped when an excessive amount of steam built up in a distillation tank. The stinging substance sent four people to the hospital. Others were treated for nausea and tissue irritation.

Though much less severe, some symptoms were similar to those experienced by victims of last December's Union Carbide leak in Bhopal, India, which killed at least 1,400. The poison there was methyl...

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