Chairman of Union Carbide Warren Anderson dies at 92

Former Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation, Warren M Anderson died on 29th September 2014 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 92. Anderson was blamed for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy as he was Chairman and CEO of the Union Carbide Corporation at the time of the disaster.

His death was not announced by his family in public but it was confirmed from public records.

About Warren M Anderson

  • Warren M Anderson was an American businessman.
  • He had served as Chairman and CEO of the Union Carbide Corporation at the time of the Bhopal disaster in 1984.
  • Four days after the accident, he was immediately arrested. But after quickly paying bail, he had ran away and never returned to face trial in India.
  • He was officially labeled as a fugitive by Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal on 1st February 1992 Bhopal disaster.
  • The judge also called him an absconder for failing to appear at the court hearings in a culpable homicide case.
  • Union government had requested the US government to extradite him several times but it was always denied since the first extradition request in 2003 due to lack of evidence.

Bhopal gas tragedy

  • The Bhopal gas tragedy was a gas leak incident in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is considered as the world’s worst industrial disaster.
  • It occurred on the night of 2-3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Over 500,000 people in Bhopal and surrounding area were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other chemicals after gas leak incident.
  • The government of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh confirmed 3,787 deaths as a result of gas leakage. Unofficial estimates exceeded 10,000.
  • More than a half-million people were injured, with many dying from illnesses including lung cancer, kidney failure and liver disease.
  • In 1989, Union Carbide paid $470 million to the Indian government to settle litigation stemming from the disaster.
  • In 2010, eight low-level Indian executives of Union Carbide’s Bhopal subsidiary were convicted of negligence in this tragedy.

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