Greenpeace points to new Hungarian red sludge hazard

2012-05-09 10:39

The red sludge reservoirs at Almasfuzito, northern Hungary, on the banks of the Danube, poses a serious threat to the environment as their unstable dams would not withstand an earthquake, Greenpeace told MTI on Tuesday, citing a study.


The facilities are located in Hungary’s most quake-prone region, Greenpeace said, referring to a recent study by the Geographical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA).


Greenpeace noted that the foreword to the volume had been written by Gyorgy Bakondi, head of the national disaster management authority OKF.


"The study confirms, point by point, Greenpeace’s concerns about the dangerous nature of the red sludge reservoirs of Almasfuzito," the organisation said.


Greenpeace said it was extraordinary that such a potentially toxic facility was permitted to operate upstream from Budapest’s water base.


The red sludge deposited in the reservoirs is similar to the material involved in a toxic sludge disaster in western Hungary in October 2010.


The OKF told MTI the issue did not fall within its scope of authority. The Rural Development Ministry was also contacted by MTI but has not so far responded to Greenpeace’s statement.



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