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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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ARE WE PREPARED FOR ANOTHER BHOPAL?

Vijay K. Nagaraj and Nithya V. Raman

The Bhopal gas leak and the disaster that ensued raises a series of questions regarding industrial safety, risk, compensation and relief for victims of industrial disasters, multinational enterprises and liability, regulation of the transfer and use of hazardous technology and so on. The leak prompted a range of responses—statutory, policy and the judicial—both in India and the USA which have now played out over two decades. The twentieth anniversary is an appropriate occasion to consider some of these responses and assess whether we are prepared for another Bhopal.

Internal documents that have come to light during the discovery process in the US courts in the contamination ...

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