Germany, India in talks over treating toxic waste from 1984 Bhopal gas disaster

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Germany, India in talks over treating toxic waste from 1984 Bhopal gas disaster

Berlin: A German development aid organisation on Thursday said it was in talks with the Indian government to dispose of 350 tonnes of toxic waste from the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster.

"We are in discussions with the Indian government," a spokesman for the government-run Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) said, adding that Indian officials had approached Germany with the request.

No contract had been concluded yet, he said.

Details of the possible deal were unclear, but the GIZ would likely transport the toxic waste to Germany for treatment.

The accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal was blamed on its operators Union Carbide, a US chemical group run by Dow Chemical.

The plant leaked toxic gas into neighbouring slums, killing thousands instantly and tens of thousands more over the following years.
 

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Govt OKs plan to send Bhopal toxic waste to Germany for disposal

Govt OKs plan to send Bhopal toxic waste to Germany for disposal - The Times of India

NEW DELHI: After 28 years of the Bhopal gas tragedy and alarms about ground water pollution, the Centre has agreed to a proposal to take the toxic waste lying in the Union Carbide factory premises out of India for safe incineration in Germany.

The Group of Ministers headed by P Chidambaram, constituted to examine all issues relating to the Bhopal gas Leak Disaster including remedial measures, on May 21 decided to accept the offer of the MP government and wanted a detailed proposal in two weeks from the German agency.

The MP government had received a proposal from the German agency GIZ regarding "Indo-German Technical Cooperation for environmentally safe disposal of the hazardous waste from Union Carbide site at Bhopal."

The German agency had said it needed to collect technical details, inspect site, weigh airlifting possibilities from Bhopal Airport, safe packaging services, handling local logistics and other parameters for drawing a detailed proposal. "Once we receive the mandate, it will take two weeks time to submit the detailed proposal including cost estimates, time frame and scope of services," GIZ had said in its proposal to MP government, which in turn had placed it before the GoM.
 

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