June 2012

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

The Bhopal disaster

Avoid future incidents by learning the full impact of unreliable plant machinery.

Jung, B., Bloch, K., Consultant

A common misconception lingering today is that the toxic chemical release in Bhopal, India, was an extreme, outlier event. However, when the public record is considered, a different picture emerges. What follows is a careful and recent evaluation of information that has slowly been released into the public domain over a twenty-seven year period. The warnings this assessment offers should be of poignant interest and concern for all organizations responsible for the lives of others. Methyl isocyanate release Union Carbide began producing methyl isocyanate (MIC) in Bhopal, India, on February 5, 1980.1 MIC is a highly reactive intermediate chemical that Union Carbide used to manufacture vari

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