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Hindustan Unilever'sHindustan Unilever's Rebuttal

This is with reference to the editorial, From Bhopal to Kodaikanal (EPW, 19 March 2016). It has several inaccuracies.

Hindustan Unilever (HUL) signed the settlement with the former workers of its Kodaikanal factory on humanitarian grounds to put an end to the matter pending in the Madras High Court for several years. The settlement was in keeping with the courts suggestion to seek an out-of-court resolution. We would like to categorically state that there was no adverse impact on the health of our former workers. The factory took several measures to ensure they were protectedsuch as providing safety and protective equipment, carrying out regular air quality monitoring, and ensuring employees underwent frequent health checks. There were also separate sections in the factory for mercury-handling. Four independent expert studies, including that by a committee of experts appointed by the Madras High Court, have also not found evidence of adverse health impact.

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