‘Red sludge’ floods Hungary towns

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Youth Blog

In Hungary two weeks ago, “red sludge” (yes, that’s the technical term) flooded the streets, when a dam holding back this sludge at a alumina (a mineral not to be confused with aluminum) refining plant broke. A number of towns were evacuated, over a region of more than 16 square miles, and although initial fears that the sludge would make its way to the scenic, environmentally- and economically- important Danube River have abated,  a number of health issues still exist: the sludge has been reported to be more than 10 times more alkaline than ammonia! Hopefully the mess will be cleaned up soon, but there’s more reserves of this sludge elsewhere and it may turn out that more precautions need to be taken to prevent such disasters in the future.

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