I never thought I’d be writing about Union Carbide deadly pesticide leak in Bhopal, India, because it happened 25 years ago, before I was even a journalist.
But just when you think something is old news, it’s new news all over again.
Would you believe an Indian court today convicted seven former senior executives of Union Carbide’s Indian subsidiary of “death by negligence” for their roles in the world’s worst industrial accident?
15,000 people died – or more, depending on whose estimates you believe.
The executives, most of whom are now in their 70s, got two years in prison and $2,175 fines. They are, of course, going to appeal.
When they say that Indian courts are notoriously slow, they aren’t kidding.
Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemical, settled the case in 1989 for $470 million.
Click here to read more from the Associated Press.
Makes me wonder what I’ll be writing about the Gulf oil spill 25 years from now.