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Editorial: Out of China!

The shocking information in this issue that Borregaard's carbofuran factory in China involves use of the very toxic gas methyl isocyanate (MIC) must have immediate consequences.
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The shocking information in this issue that Borregaard's carbofuran factory in China involves use of the very toxic gas methyl isocyanate (MIC) must have immediate consequences.

We are not talking about just any gas: The release of MIC from Union Carbide's pesticide factory in Bhopal in 1984 immediately killed more than 10,000 Indians, and has in the following years almost daily caused new deaths. Today hundreds of thousands in Bhopal are suffering from the after-effects of the release of the MIC gas.

First of all, NORAD should not hesitate to refuse Borregaard's application for development assistance funds. If not, NORAD risks to be held responsible in the event of a new Bhopal tragedy.

Secondly, Borregaard should not at all manufacture the pesticide carbofuran in China. As early as 1983, the Norwegian Plant Protection Institute banned all production of carbofuran in Norway due to its negative impact on the environment. Similar strict restrictions have recently been imposed in the US.

Borregaard should therefore immediately close its factory in China.

Norwatch Newsletter 9/97