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By J. Dale West, PE
Nov 9, 2015

As a chemical engineer with extensive chemical processing industry (CPI) experience in operations management and process safety, I read "Beyond Bhopal" [Aug. '15, p. 32] with interest. Bill Mostia covered a range of important facets of process safety, and made incisive observations in certain areas, but I would like to add two comments. First, it would have been helpful for the two major incident tables to have listed the underlying cause(s) of each safety event. In the case of the Bhopal tragedy in India, the underlying cause was internal sabotage in which water was introduced into the methyl isocyanate tank using a water hose. It was not a process incident in the classic sense.

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