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30 Years After the Chemical Disaster in Bhopal: 100 Million Americans Remain at Risk, Obama EPA Could Prevent Disasters But Must Act Soon

CONTACT FOR DIAL-IN INFO: Ross Adair, 646-517-1810

Washington, DC*– December 3rd, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, a deadly gas leak that claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people. Although the 1990 Clean Air Act empowered the U.S. EPA to require chemical facilities to prevent future disasters, the EPA has never used that authority.

At least 1 in 3 Americans live and work in the disaster zone of a dangerous chemical. Most recently, four workers were killed at a DuPont plant in Laporte, Texas on November 15th.

Representatives of The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters will share lessons of the Bhopal disaster ongoing contamination there, and historic opportunities in the U.S. to ensure the use of safer available alternatives that can eliminate these hazards.

For information on global activities commemorating the Bhopal disaster coordinated by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal: Reena Shadaan: 416-508-0740 or Renu Pariyadath: 512-666-7368

WHAT: Lessons of the Bhopal Disaster and the Path Forward

WHO: Participants will include:

Jayshree Chander, MD, MPH, and a doctor who has served survivors at the medical clinic created after the Bhopal disaster

Michael Wright, director of Health, Safety & Environment for the United Steel Workers*and part of an international team that went to Bhopal, India to investigate the 1984 chemical disaster.

Sean Moulton, Director of the Open Government Policy at the Center for Effective Government, who released new interactive maps of endangered schools & communities across the U.S.

Dr. Henry Clark, Executive Director of the West County Toxics Coalition, a respected environmental justice leader who has led community response to the Chevron refinery disaster in Richmond, California in 2012.

Maria Cabrera, a City Councilwoman from Wilmington, Deleware, an advocate for environmental justice and new chemical facility safety rules that prevent disasters.

Moderator: Rick Hind, Legislative Director, Greenpeace

Additional Experts Available for Q&A:

John Morawetz from the International Chemical Workers Union Council health and safety department, which represents the workers at the DuPont plant in Laporte, Texas.

Gerald V. Poje, PhD, founding board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

Maya Nye, Executive Director, People Concerned About Chemical Safety, Charleston, West Virginia.

Richard Moore, director of the Los Jardines Institute and the first chair of the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).

Michele Roberts, Campaign and Policy Coordinator, Environmental Justice and Health Alliance.

Hilton Kelley, founder and director of the Community In-Power Development Association and Regional Health Equity Council Member and 2011 Goldman Prize.

Detailed speakers list here.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:30 am (EST)*

DIAL-IN: To RSVP, please reply to Ross Adair at 646-517-1810 or