Exportation of Risk: The Case of Bhopal

TitleExportation of Risk: The Case of Bhopal
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMurphy-Medley, D
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCHEMICAL engineering , ENGINEERING , PUBLIC , public safety
AbstractThis case examines the 1984 catastrophe arising from a chemical leak at a Union Carbide Corporation plant in Bhopal, India, which resulted in the death of as many as 3,000 and injury to thousands more, from the standpoint of exporting risk from industrialized to developing countries. The case, which includes comparisons with Bhopal's sister plant in Institute, West Virginia, considers the moral responsibility for preventing such tragedies on the part of multinational corporations, the governments of the industrialized nations where they are head quartered, and the governments of developing countries where they operate. The moral responsibilities of engineers and scientists working for these organizations are also considered
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