Union Carbide is the name of a company now owned by Dow Chemicals that produces pesticides like Sevin. A Union Carbide plant in India released a large amount of poisonous gas used in the production of Sevin in 1984, subsequently killing 15,000 people by some estimates (the event is commonly referred to as the Bhopal Disaster, named for the city in India where the disaster occured). The plant has been accused of allowing toxic chemicals to leak into the area’s groundwater, even to this day, causing horrible drinking water conditions for the many lower-class residents in the area. Lawsuits are underway, but no one has been prosecuted at this time.
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