Audience:On December 3, 1984, almost 4,000 people died in Bhopal, India, after breathing toxic chemicals leaked from a pesticide plant. More than 500,000 people were injured, many permanently disabled by impairments such as blindness and severe asthma. The overnight gas leak is sometimes described as the worst industrial accident in history.The plant was operated by Union Carbide and jointly owned by American and Indian investors. For years prior to the disaster, the plant had a documented history of gas leaks and health warnings from both American and local authorities. An investigation after the disaster uncovered poor safety and maintenance procedures.Union Carbide settled a lawsuit with the victims for $470 million, and several top Indian executives were charged with “death by negligence.” These executives were eventually fined and sentenced to two years in prison.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry asthma Noun
disease that makes it difficult to breathe.
person who has a physical condition that limits one or more major life activities.
having to do with factories or mechanical production.
to hurt or cause harm.
natural or manufactured substance used to kill organisms that threaten agriculture or are undesirable. Pesticides can be fungicides (which kill harmful fungi), insecticides (which kill harmful insects), herbicides (which kill harmful plants), or rodenticides (which kill harmful rodents.)