Record: Chemical Valley
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On December 3, 1984, the worst industrial accident in history occurred when a toxic gas known as MIC leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal India. The tragedy brought international attention to the predominantly African-American commmunity of Institute, West Virginia, site of the only Union Carbide plant in the United States that manufactured MIC. Chemical Valley begins with Bhopal and the immediate response in the Kanawha Valley an area once dubbed by residents "the chemical capital of the world". The program follows events over the next five years, exploring issues of job blackmail, racism and citizens right to know and to act as it documents one communitys struggle to make accountable an industry that has too often forced communities to chose between safety and jobs.