"Bayer Cited For MIC Tank Violations"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bayer CropScience has not properly maintained or tested the underground storage tank where it keeps roughly 200,000 pounds of methyl isocyanate, the deadly chemical that killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in 1984, state inspectors have alleged.

Department of Environmental Protection inspectors issued four citations to Bayer for alleged mismanagement of the MIC tank. Inspectors discovered the problem during a June 2009 inspection, and formal violation notices were issued in late September.

No fines have been issued, and DEP officials said last week they don't know if Bayer has fixed the problems."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette January 9, 2010.

Monday, January 11, 2010