October 13th, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Hungary plant that leaked toxic sludge to reopen

The aluminum plant at the heart of the deadly toxic red sludge in Hungary will resume production at the end of the week, government officials said Wednesday.

The announcement came on the same day officials said a ninth person had died from the toxic spill. The red sludge leaked from a reservoir at the plant in Hungary and streamed through villages and into the Danube, Europe's second largest river.

The plant will be guarded by police and will be monitored by the government, the country's disaster relief commissioner said at a news
conference Wednesday.

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  1. bob

    hey the sludge is scary

    October 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rukmin sonny

    It really amazing that after 69 days they are alive. I feel really happy for them and their families. It is really heartbreaking to see the reunions.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Aman

    Eastern Europe at its best.

    October 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sam

    Was this a terrorist act? If you say no how do you know?

    October 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tunde

      the place is a mess for a long time...this wasn't a terrorist act ...

      October 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah B Connor

      Sam, it was surely not a terrorist act. The pictures of the broken gate show that there was no explosion. No part of the gate is missing, it simply "opened" perhaps because of the weight of the mud... It contained the waste for decades.
      The other reason, why I am sure it was not a terrorist act, is the fact, that we have a very strong Police!
      If anyone wants to do anything against the others one can be arrested – sometimes even befor he/she would really think of doing anything.
      Last week the only doctor who attends homebirthes as a midwife was arrested. She tried to make a law for homebirthes. She is working on it for 22 years, but we still do not have a law – yet she is arrested now, because she made a mistake as a doctor – according to the judges. She never worked at home as a doctor, and there are no jobs in Hungary as "homebirth midwife" – and the court cannot make difference. She has to defend herself in chains, and is accused of homicide. Her case would not be in the news if she worked in a hospital. There were no doctors taken to prison from hospitals for decades. But she fights for the woman's right, so she is not allowed to work.
      I find that problem more serious, then the mud. That was not too close to the Danube at all, and the area is just a little part of the country. Of course the beautiest one... as all parts of my country are beautiful. 🙂

      October 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. christine

    This is a DISASTER of monumental proportions which is unprofessionally covered by CNN. The Danube delta is sanctuary for a huge number birds and fish. It is outrageous to see how the Hungarian authorities keep minimizing the consequences for the Danube/delta habitat, so they can reopen the plant. How was it possible to hold details about the victims deaths for so long?
    CNN, SHAME on you for allowing such a laconic, misleading article!!

    October 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |