Warren Anderson, Union Carbide CEO at the time of the world's worst industrial disaster, has been found living a life of luxury in New York State. He is wanted in India to face charges of culpable homicide over the deaths of 20,000 people since the disaster.
Greenpeace Calls for Arrest of Former Union Carbide CEO
Warren Anderson, Union Carbide CEO at the time of the world's
worst industrial disaster, has been found living a life of luxury
in New York State. He is wanted in India to face charges of
culpable homicide over the deaths of 20,000 people since the
Anderson has been hiding in the U.S. since the 1984 explosion at
his company's plant in Bhopal, India, caused the immediate deaths
of thousands of people and has resulted in life long suffering for
almost 120,000 survivors.
Greenpeace paid Anderson a visit at his U.S. home in August and
delivered an arrest warrant. He had been tracked down in a matter
of weeks by a UK newspaper. He has been facing charges of culpable
homicide and an extradition order from the government of India for
the past 11 years. He has never appeared in court to face charges
for crimes in Bhopal or even to explain why his company did not
apply the same safety standards at its plant in India that it did
at a sister plant in West Virginia.
Greenpeace's Casey Harrell personally visited Anderson at his
luxury home where he refused to comment on the disaster. He
commented,"If Greenpeace can track down India's most wanted, why
haven't the U.S. authorities extradited him? Our government has
been swift to react to the financial crimes of Enron and WorldCom.
Anderson is charged with the deaths of thousands of Indians;
shouldn't this be a priority?"
On the night of the disaster, when an explosion at Union
Carbide's pesticide plant caused 40 tons of lethal gas to seep into
the city of Bhopal, six safety measures designed to prevent a gas
leak had either malfunctioned, were turned off or were otherwise
inadequate. In addition, the safety siren, intended to alert the
community should an incident occur at the plant, was turned
Union Carbide responded to the
disaster by paying survivors inadequate compensation and abandoning
the plant, leaving tons of dangerous toxic chemicals strewn around
the site and the people of Bhopal with a toxic legacy that is still
causing injury today. In 2001, the company shed its name by merging
with Dow Chemical.
Calling on both governments to act swiftly, Ganesh Nochur, of
Greenpeace in India stated, "Now that Anderson's address is known,
India must immediately and formally push for his arrest and
extradition on charges of culpable homicide."