Why is Dow involved in this?
Union Carbide (UCC) was operating the plant at the time of the disaster. The CEO of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson, had signed off the site’s existence despite the fact that it was untested technology and toxic chemicals. The decisions about cutbacks and safety measures were made by central management, by UCC.
In 2001, UCC was merged into Dow Chemical. This means that UCC was 100% incorporated into Dow. All of UCC’s assets, but also all of its liabilities, became Dow’s. Therfore the responsibility to adequately compensate the gas victims, clean up the site and compensate those poisoned by the contaminated water now falls to Dow.