Rust Ever Seeps


Damn, that’s a [expletive deleted]load of sludge. Three days later and it’s still spreading?

Explainer: Hungary’s toxic sludge torrent

A tide of toxic red mud burst through the walls of a giant storage reservoir at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar alumina refinery on the outskirts of Akja, a small town in the county of Veszprem, Hungary on Monday, October 4.

So far, four people are known to have been killed by the torrent, six people are missing and more than 120 people have been injured by the sludge which inundated the villages of Kolontar, Devecser and Somlovasarhely, around 150 kilometers southwest of the capital, Budapest.

According to Zoltan Illes, Hungary’s Environmental Affairs State Secretary, around one million cubic meters of sludge has leaked from the reservoir covering over 40 square kilometers of land.

Illes described the flood as Hungary’s worst chemical accident and an “ecological catastrophe.”

. . .

According to MAL Magyar Aluminum — owners of the Ajkai refinery — the majority (around 45 percent) of the sludge in the spill contains iron oxide (hence its rusty red color). It also contains aluminum oxide, silicon dioxide, calcium dioxide, titanium oxide and oxygen-bonded sodium oxide.

People coming into contact with the sludge have suffered burns because the sludge has a high pH (alkali) content and can, if breathed in as dust, cause damage to the lungs.

See also:
Hungary’s toxic sludge reminiscent of 2000 Romania disaster – but much worse
Hungary Continues to Battle Its Toxic Flood
Hungary’s Toxic Red Sludge Reaches Danube River
Toxic Sludge From Hungary Spill Hits Danube
In pictures: Hungary’s toxic disaster
Hungarian waste pond was on list of risky sites
Sludge flood like Hungary’s unlikely in US
Officials worry sludge will be harder to dilute
Will Hungary’s toxic red sludge spill extend beyond Danube?
MAL Magyar Alumínium

Gee, you’d think they wouldn’t collect all that toxic waste in one place. The massive reservoir is obviously a relic from the days of the Soviet Union and everybody knows the Soviets were big on protecting the environment and never cut corners.

/poor Hungarians, sucks to be them right now, but this disaster was decades in the making, they should have done something about the obvious potential problem a long time ago

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