Last Updated Mar 31, 2009 10:48 AM EDT
Among the unanswered questions are why one of the dead bodies contained a toxic level of cyanide in his blood and why Bayer was storing 200,000 pounds of methyl isocyanate at the site. (In the Union Carbide Bhopal disaster of 1984, less than 90,000 pounds leaked.)
A hearing is scheduled for April 23 which Bayer said it will attend. The Sunday Gazette Mail:
...the board is going to go ahead with the meeting, but will run its report by the Coast Guard first to ensure that any confidential information is protected.Note in the Times story that Rep. Bart Stupak has also become concerned with Bayer's lack of disclosure:
We are concerned about the way that Bayer may be misusing terrorism laws to suppress information related to the incident.Helping Bayer is the Coast Guard, which has jurisdiction over the site of the plant, and believes it may "only be prudent" not to tell anyone anything about what happened.
If Bayer and the Coast Guard get their way, it will set up an interesting precedent: If you terrorize your neighbors by setting off a massive fire on your property, you can refuse to explain how that happened by claiming you might be the next target of terrorism.
- Previous items on Bayer:
- Bayer's Lawyers Nix Public Hearing on Explosion at WV Plant
- Why the Bayer-Yaz Settlement Will Not Change Drug Advertising Forever
- Bayer's Advertising for Contraceptive Yaz Was "Misleading"
- Bayer Funding of Beekeepers' Association Draws Controversy
- Bayer to Pay $796,500 in EPA Fines at Plant That Exploded
- FDA sends Bayer a warning letter for unsubstantiated claims over Drontal for dogs.
- Trasylol Deaths Trigger Lawsuits
- Ethics Problems Are Business as Usual at Bayer
- The FDA slams Bayer with two warning letters for allegedly selling unapproved aspirin products.
- FTC fines Bayer $3.2 million for falsely claiming vitamins cause weight loss and for violating prior order not to make false claims.
- Bayer forced to discontinue advertising for All-Day Energy multivitamin which doesn't last all day.
- Bayer cited by NAD for not telling the truth when it said Aleve was the No. 1 medicine among orthopedic surgeons
- Bayer makes unsubstantiated claims about rivals to its Ascencia diabetes blood glucose monitor