Archive for September, 2006

Dow Chemical plans to close factories

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, AUGUST 31, 2006 NEW YORK Dow Chemical, which has shuttered 50 plants in the past three years to trim costs, announced plans Thursday to close factories in Italy and Canada and record as much as $650 million in severance expenses and writedowns in the third quarter. About 750 jobs will be eliminated, […]

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Narmada Dam to reach 121.82 metres by end December

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

ZEE NEWS, AUGUST 31, 2006 Kevadiya (Gujarat), Aug 31: The work of raising the height of Naramda Dam to 121.82 meters is expected to be completed by December-end, officials said here today. The work of raising the dam height from the present 119 meters to 121.82 meters is expected to begin in the second week […]

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Dow Chemical production facility in Netherlands hit by large fire – report

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

FORBES.COM, AUGUST 28, 2006 AMSTERDAM (AFX) – A production facility of Dow Chemical in the Netherlands has been hit by a large fire, Dutch news agency ANP said. Although the exact size of the fire is unknown at this stage, the Terneuzen Fire Department sent out a major alert. The fire apparently started in a […]

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More Bhopal gas tragedy survivors await justice in US court

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

ZEE NEWS, AUGUST 28, 2006 New Delhi, Aug 28: Undeterred by the adverse verdict by a US court on an appeal by Bhopal gas tragedy survivors, a group has taken up the fight against Union Carbide Corporation in the same court. A case filed by Ramavtar Sahu for compensation, medical monitoring and clean-up of toxic […]

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Plant has history of violations, fines: Chemical releases have been subject of EPA reports

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

CRIS BARRISH, THE DELAWARE NEWS JOURNAL, AUGUST 27, 2996 The Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex plant near Cheswold, which has been in operation since the late 1950s, has been cited and fined numerous times for violations by state environmental officials since 1990, according to News Journal files and state reports. Violation records before 1990 could not […]

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‘Murdered’ boy reappears to save his parents

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

INDIA NEWS, AUGUST 27, 2006 Bhopal – In a scene straight out of a Hindi movie, a 14-year-old boy who had disappeared six months ago made a dramatic appearance in a Madhya Pradesh court where his parents were being tried for his murder. Gabbar went missing Feb 10 from Hoshangabad district. On March 20, the […]

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Chemical Hypocrites

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

GEORGE MONBIOT, AUGUST 27, 2006 When Saddam Hussein so pig-headedly failed to shower US troops with chemical weapons as they entered Iraq, thus depriving them of a retrospective justification for this war, the American generals explained that he would do so as soon as they crossed the “red line” around Baghdad. Beyond that point, the […]

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From farce to tragedy: Non-issues dominate Parliament

Sep 04, 2006 No Comments

BHOPAL CENTRAL CHRONICLE, AUGUST 26, 2006 When future historians evaluate the current Session of Parliament, they will rate it as one of the most raucous and unproductive series of sittings ever held by India’s lawmakers. Its first half was dominated by a non-issue- a hollow, unsubstantiated, cheaply sensationalist claim made by one of India’s most […]

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Survey reveals varied approach to risk communication across the EU

Sep 03, 2006 No Comments

CORDIS NEWS, AUGUST 25. 2006 A survey of EU Member States and six other countries has shown that the practice of risk communication varies widely from one country to another. The authors of the resulting report call for an annual forum to exchange good practice. Among risk experts, risk communication is regarded as being at […]

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Medha ‘ashamed and shattered’ after 20 years of Narmada

Sep 03, 2006 No Comments

INDIA NEWS, AUGUST 25, 2006 New Delhi – After 20 years of fighting the battle against the Narmada dam, rights activist Medha Patkar says that democratic spaces are closing and she feels ‘ashamed and shattered’. ‘Twenty years after the Narmada movement I feel ashamed and shattered. The democratic spaces are closing,’ Patkar said late Thursday […]

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