Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bayer: Expect Wonders ... As in Wonder Why They Are Putting Us at Risk!

According to state inspectors this weekend in West Virginia, Bayer CropScience - yes, the Bayer company that makes your aspirin - has been cited with not one but FOUR citations for improperly maintaining a storage tank which stores about 200,000 pounds of methyl isocyanate (MIC). That is the same chemical that killed more than 15,000 people in Bhopal!! The citations are based on the discovery that the contractors who installed a protection system on the MIC storage tank were NOT certified for that kind of work and the fact that uncertified workers are also performing the periodic tests on these storage tanks!

Back in August 2008, this Bayer CropScience facility had an explosion that killed two people when methomyl, a chemical used in pesticides, along with several other potentially threatening chemicals leaked and caught fire. Will it take another Bhopal these plants to get it together???

If you live near Institute, WV you might be wise to contact your reps and town officials to let them know how concerned you are about this! Send them a letter!

Photo Credit: Conanil

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