CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Union Carbide Corp. said today it is selling its agricultural division, which manufactures the deadly chemical that killed more than 2,000 people in India in 1984.
In a surprise announcement, the giant chemical company said the sale involves plants in six states and three foreign nations and will help pay corporate debts.
Spokesman Harvey Cobert said from Union Carbide's headquarters in Danbury, Conn., that Union Carbide Agricultural Products Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, has plants at Institute, W.Va.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Woodbine, Ga.; Clinton, Iowa; St. Joseph and St. Louis, Mo., and Ambler, Pa.
He said the division also has affiliate facilities in Calgary, Canada; Bezier, France, and Cubatao, Brazil.
Carbide's agricultural operations suffered a severe blow in December, 1984, when methyl isocyanate leaked from the company's plant in Bhopal, India.