Volume 89 Issue 8 | pp. 31-32
Issue Date: February 21, 2011

Getting The Toxics Out

NRC looks at methyl isocyanate and how chemical companies can cut use, storage of toxic materials
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: MIC, Bayer, Bhopal, DuPont

The first meeting of a new National Research Council (NRC) panel, held this month in Washington, D.C., zeroed in on two deadly chemical plant accidents that took place worlds apart, both in years and miles, but shared a singular threat: methyl isocyanate (MIC)—a highly reactive, valuable, and extremely toxic chemical.

The panel was created last year by Congress in response to the 2008 accident at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute, W.Va. Its . . .

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