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Oct 17, 2010
__Murky science after Hungary's spill__
NASA Satellite image of Hungarian sludge spill
New research has reported that the levels of harmful chemicals, such as arsenic and mercury, in the red sludge that spewed from a Hungarian aluminum oxide factory earlier this month are much higher than initially expected. The study, commissioned by environmental group Greenpeace and conducted by Austria's Federal Environmental Agency, reports that more than 50 metric tons of arsenic may have been released from the plant in western Hungary when a torrent of rust-colored sludge blanketed the surrounding area, seeped into local streams, and killed 7 people in the beginning of October. Some Hungarian chemists are skeptical of the results, because the ore used to make aluminum oxide contains neither arsenic nor mercury. The Hungarian government has yet to publish the results of its own analysis of the spill site. (Hat tip to the linkurl:__Global Security Newswire__.);http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20101014_9222.php__The...
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