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The Chemical Industry’s Toxic Toll


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What’s good for business, and what’s good for people, sometimes don’t mix.  In the chemical industry, for instance, the products that fuel profits can also threaten our well-being.

On this edition, we’ll look at the 20th anniversary of one of the world’s worst chemical disasters, at the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India.  We’ll hear about Occidental Petroleum’s toxic legacy at Love Canal.  And we’ll examine how corporate polluters are ignoring environmental causes of breast cancer.


Rashida Bee, Bhopal resident; Nitiyanand Jayaraman, journalist and volunteer with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal; Champa Devi Shukla, Bhopal survivor and activist; Sathyu Sarangi, managing trustee of Sambhavna clinic and activist with the Campaign for Justice in Bhopal; Tom Sprick, spokesperson, Union Carbide; Lois Gibbs, former Love Canal resident and executive director of the Center for Environment, Health and Justice; Michael Basile, spokesperson, Environmental Protection Agency; Kate Probst, senior fellow, Resources for the Future; Judy Brady, breast cancer survivor; Barbara Brenner, director, Breast Cancer Action; Cheryl Perkins, senior clinical advisor, Susan G. Komen Foundation; Janette Sherman, physician and activist; Devra Lee Davis, director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

For more information:

Sambhavna Clinic – Bhopal, India

Lois Gibbs – Falls Church, VA

U.S. EPA Public Affairs Office – Niagara Falls, NY

Resources for the Future – Washington, DC

Breast Cancer Action – San Francisco, CA

Susan G. Komen Foundation – Dallas, TX

Dr. Janette Sherman – Alexandria, VA

Center for Environmental Oncology – Pittsburgh, PA

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