Just a few small examples compared to the far greater reaching and more devastating potentials of possible biotech disasters:
"Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico"
"The Chernobyl plant blew up at 1:23 a.m. on April 26, 1986, spewing out a radioactive cloud and contaminating much of Europe. An estimated 15,000 to 30,000 people have died in the aftermath. More than 2.5 million Ukranians suffer from health problems related to the Chernobyl blast, with 80,000 of them receiving a pension."
US court absolves Union Carbide of Bhopal liability
28 June 2012
Press Trust of India
NEW YORK, 28 JUNE: In a setback to 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy victims, a US court has held that neither Union Carbide nor its former chairman Mr Warren Anderson were liable for environmental remediation or pollution-related claims at the firm’s former chemical plant in Bhopal.
US district judge Mr John Keena in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit accusing the company of causing soil and water pollution around the Bhopal plant due to the disaster, and ruled that Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) and Anderson were not liable for remediation or pollution-related claims.
The court ruled that it was Union Carbide India Ltd, and not its parent company UCC that was responsible for the generation and disposal of the waste that polluted drinking water, and the liability rests with the state government.
Plaintiffs Mr Janki Bai Sahu and others had alleged that “toxic substances seeped into a ground aquifer, polluting the soil and drinking water supply in residential communities surrounding the former Bhopal Plant site”. They alleged that exposure to soil and drinking water polluted by hazardous waste produced Union Carbine India Ltd caused injuries.
“The summary judgement record certainly indicates that UCIL consulted with UCC about its waste disposal plans and on non-environmental business matter like its strategic plan. However, nothing in the evidence suggests the necessity of UCC’s approval for the actions about which plaintiffs complain,” the court said in its order.
“Moreover, there is no evidence in this extensive record indicating that UCIL manufactured pesticides on UCC’s behalf, entered into contracts or other business dealings on UCC’s behalf, or otherwise acted in UCC’s name,” it said.
The industrial accident, the worst in Indian history, led to the leak of poisonous methyl isocyanate, claiming thousands of lives in the Madhya Pradesh capital.
In his written opinion, Mr Keenan concluded that even when viewing the evidence in the most favourable light for the plaintiffs, UCC was not directly liable, nor liable as an agent of UCIL, nor liable under a veil-piercing analysis.
Harry the list goes on and on...how could you possibly think it will be any different with biotech?
Such a conclusion would simply be unscientific according to past data.