BBC Retracts Hoax Story about Bhopal

Midland, MI - December 03, 2004

Earlier today, the BBC was the subject of a hoax by an activist who falsely identified himself as a Dow employee.  BBC has retracted the erroneous story.

Please visit the BBC Web site for their retraction.

Dow confirms that there was no basis whatsoever for this report.  BBC has been informed of this error and has pulled the erroneous story.  According to a statement issued by the BBC, "This information was inaccurate, part of an elaborate deception. The person did not represent the company. We want to make it clear the information he gave was entirely inaccurate."

This is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved.

The Bhopal tragedy occurred 20 years ago today.  Links to statements from Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company on the anniversary are attached below.

Union Carbide's statement can be found at

Dow's statement can be found at

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