Chemical Engineer Dr. Jerry Havens Reviews the 1984 Bhopal, India Gas Disaster

Thursday 22nd | 2pm

The Bhopal gas disaster was a chemical accident on the night of December 2, 1984, at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Considered the world’s worst industrial disaster, over 500,000 people in the small towns around the plant were exposed to the highly toxic gas methyl isocyanate. In 1994, Havens traveled to Bhopal, accompanying the International Medical Commission on Bhopal, to study the effects of a catastrophic release of methyl isocyanate ten years later. He will explain the vital need to understand the details of the methylisocyanate (MIC) release that occurred at this pesticide plant to avoid or respond to such releases in the future.

In the Performance Hall