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The Black Box Of Bhopal: A Closer Look At The World's Deadliest Industrial Disaster

The strength of D'Silva's book is the integration of original documentation UCIL , the subsidiary that operated the Bhopal plant; the Indian federal government and the local government D'Silva's book is an excellent Bhopal resource. Willey, professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University.

See the full review here. Process 1, the cheaper of the two methods, was adopted by Union Carbide in the mid's. Initially, MIC was imported to the Bhopal plant. By , due to competitive and political pressures, the plant began to manufacture MIC to increase production. Methyl isocyanate or MIC , is a highly reactive liquid.

Retrospection of Bhopal gas tragedy: Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry: Vol 98, No 9

Aziza Sultan's, a survivor, account of the effects of MIC :. UCIL 's pesticide plant was located in the center of Bhopal close to a railway station.


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When they built a MIC unit, they were offered a site outside the town. Although the exact events leading up to the disaster are still disputed, the findings of an Indian government investigation provide the most compelling theory for what happened. A routine maintenance procedure was denoted as the ultimate cause of the accident. Around pm on 2 December, , while a worker washed some of the plant's piping, several drainage nozzles for the water were blocked by debris.

The backlog of water forced it back into the plant's main piping system, leaving it free to flow throughout the plant. At about pm, the water entered one of the de-pressurized storage tanks for MIC. The combination of water and MIC produced an exothermic reaction that quickly grew out of control.

Within two hours, the immense heat and pressure from the reaction triggered an emergency release valve, allowing 41 tons of excess MIC to escape into the Bhopal atmosphere. The failed maintenance procedure does not fully explain the magnitude of the disaster and several hidden causes of the leak can be traced to UCIL management practices that had been accumulating years before the event. In the early 's, the UCIL plant was running at a loss due to reduced pesticide demands.

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