September 22, 1989 |
The use of chlorofluorocarbons, which are blamed for thinning Earth's protective ozone layer, could be cut by as much as 10 percent worldwide with the use of a new chemical process for manufacturing the soft foam used in sofas and mattresses, its developer said yesterday. Officials of Union Carbide Corp. said consumers would continue to pay the same for furniture and other goods made with the foam because it would cost no more than foam produced with chlorofluorocarbons, which are often called CFCs.
February 1, 1990 |
Union Carbide Corp. said yesterday that it would build its first plastics- recycling plant in Piscataway, N.J., thereby joining a growing number of U.S. firms trying to give plastics a second life. Union Carbide touts its plant, expected to open early next year, as the first commercial U.S. operation that will recycle plastics used both for milk containers and for trash bags. "This is trash to you; it's raw material to us," said Gordon D. Mounts, Union Carbide polyolefins division vice president, gesturing to a pile of trash bags, oil jugs and soda bottles.
December 16, 1998 |
After months of negotiating with the Union Carbide Corp., a local advocacy group will be able to have its own toxicologist participate in the testing of a chemical many here believe may be responsible for a rash of childhood cancer cases. The group's toxicologist will not meet with Union Carbide directly but only with scientists from the federal and state agencies that are developing the latest tests to determine if styrene-acrylonitrile trimer is a carcinogen. The agencies, led by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will then meet privately with officials from Union Carbide, which is funding the tests on its own waste by-product.
February 13, 1994 |
Rustic common sense and a fatalism many centuries old persuaded Vir Singh to stay in his shack that awful night, rather than flee. "If we are destined to live, we shall live; if we are destined to die, we shall die," he told his wife, Razia, and their four children. "Besides, where do we run? The danger of the gas is everywhere. " Singh made his family lie down on the ground of their hut. He threw a tattered mattress over them. And there, huddled together in their sweat and fear, surrounded by cries of confusion and panic, the family prayed.
April 18, 1986
The April 4 editorial "Busting a chemical scofflaw" aroused my indignation. I am responding as a private reader rather than a representative of Union Carbide, though I have been employed by the company for two decades. The thrust of the editorial implies that Union Carbide is both irresponsible and indifferent toward the well-being of employees and surrounding communities. Inflammatory remarks about dispatching "human canaries" to sniff deadly gasses, routine cover-ups, defective safety equipment and company "readiness to forget about safety" make Union Carbide management and employees look like suicidal maniacs.
June 30, 1990 |
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday said it would seek a federal court order rescinding Arco Chemical Co.'s $220 million acquisition of two chemical lines from Union Carbide Corp. The FTC said the deal, if allowed to go forward, could "substantially reduce competition" in the manufacture and sale of two chemical products widely used in personal-care goods, furniture and other items. It is unclear what such an action would mean for Arco, a Newtown Square company 83 percent of which is owned by Atlantic Richfield Co. In announcing the acquisition in September, Arco said it would pay $220 million for the two Union Carbide lines before the deal was consummated and assume all risk from obtaining government approval of the purchase.
February 26, 1987 |
The judge hearing the $3 billion Bhopal damage suit against the Union Carbide Corp. was transferred last week, reportedly after it came to light that a claim in his name was pending against the company. The judge, G.S. Patel of Madhya Pradesh District Court, had been presiding over the case for about four months in Bhopal, where more than 2,340 people died in 1984 in the world's worst industrial accident. The case was taken over Tuesday by M.W. Deo, the fourth judge assigned to the case since it entered the Indian court system in September.
March 23, 1986 |
Union Carbide Corp. has reached a tentative settlement with attorneys representing victims of the chemical leak at its Bhopal, India, plant that killed more than 2,000 people and injured at least 200,000, a company spokesman said last night. The spokesman, Kurt Mazurosky, would not comment on the amount of the tentative settlement. He said the settlement was subject to final negotiations and required the approval of U.S. District Judge John Keenan in New York. He said Union Carbide would not give final approval to the settlement unless it was final and there would be no further claims.
November 3, 1998 |
Many people here thought there might be a connection: Union Carbide had dumped 5,000 drums of chemical waste near the town's drinking-water supply 30 years ago, and now health officials have found that some childhood cancer rates in Toms River are two to four times the national average. So it made perfect sense to test a Union Carbide waste by-product found in the water supply to determine whether the substance is carcinogenic. What doesn't make sense to many people is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's choice of who should manage the studies: Union Carbide.
October 5, 1986 |
It has been years since organic chemicals, arsenic, sulfates, oils and greases were dumped on the grounds of a Paulsboro bottling company, but the underground water contamination caused by that dumping is still being cleaned up. Neither the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the bottling company nor its parent concern knows exactly when the problem was created at Paulsboro Packaging, which manufactures bottles and fills them with automotive products produced elsewhere.