Volunteer quits Olympic committee over Dow’s role



LONDON (AP) — A volunteer on the 2012 Olympics’ sustainability commission says she is resigning over the Dow Chemical Co.’s sponsorship of the games.

Campaigner Meredith Alexander said Wednesday she was quitting the watchdog body to protest Dow’s links to the deadly 1984 gas leak at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, that killed an estimated 15,000 people and injured half a million. Controversy has long been rumbling over Dow’s sponsorship of the so-called Olympic “wrap,” which is to hang from the rafters of the games’ steel-latticed stadium.

Dow bought Union Carbide in 2000 and critics argue that the purchase makes the U.S.-based company responsible for groundwater contamination and other issues that linger in India.