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Case: Sahu v. Union Carbide

In Bhopal, India, people continue to suffer from water contamination. And no one is taking responsibility.

In 1984, the world’s worst industrial disaster – a toxic gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India – killed thousands of people. After the gas disaster, Union Carbide ceased operations and left India, leaving behind toxic waste that continues to pollute the groundwater and soil. To this day, the site remains unremediated, and the pollution continues to harm the local community.

From 1999 until 2016, EarthRights International represented local residents in three lawsuits against Union Carbide seeking a cleanup of the Bhopal plant site. Unfortunately, these cases – Bano v. Union Carbide, Sahu (I) v. Union Carbide, and Sahu (II) v. Union Carbide – were dismissed despite evidence showing that Union Carbide was directly responsible for the damage to the plaintiffs’ health and property.

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