Saturday, October 9, 2010

This is no hungarian rhapsody

As I had mentioned from a previous post the ph of the spill was measured at between 9 and 10 on the scale. That was a bit premature reporting. Come to find out that measurements came in at 13.5. Lye is at 13 on the ph scale. And the extent of the spill is listed as 184 million gallons not the 1 or 2 as originally reported. Does this sound familiar? There is now fear that the walls of the resevoir may not hold and a second spill may happen. The company is reported as offering $174,000 for clean up costs but admits no wrong doing. Again haven't we been here before? And knowing European justice somebody will get the chair for this screw up unlike here where they get a bonus when things go south.
Hungarian town evacuated
The sad fact in all this is that many of the heavy metals in this slurry could be reprocessed, collected and sold for a profit. It's done that way in Canada with great sucess.


Randal Graves said...

174k? That ought to cover, what, a few gallons of cleanup? Fucking yikes.

an average patriot said...

I thought 180 million gallons of that toxic radioactive sludge dumped in the towns, country side, and water supply was horrific. The walls are giving and Environmental groups are now warning of other potential disasters, among them seven storage ponds about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Budapest that hold 12 million tons of sludge accumulated since 1945, more than 10 times the amount that spilled last week.

BBC said...

For somebody who's not into Halloween you always get dressed up once a year in that old rob, beads and hat.

Every year? What delusion are you living in? I haven't been out to beer church for some halloween nonsense for a number of years.

$174,000 for clean up costs


Ah screw it, it's a long way away from me and will have little effect here short term and I'm not here for the long term anymore.

BBC said...

Victoria shits in our sound 24/7, fuss about shit in our backyard.

S.W. Anderson said...

Like Randal said.

It's hard to comment in the face of something so staggering. Much as with the BP Gulf disaster. What a pity the sludge couldn't be transported to North Waziristan, with most of it being deposited in caves until we get the right one.

I wonder if this isn't going to end up having a more widespread impact. For example, drying out and then being carried on the wind with dust. What a nightmare.

Bustednuckles said...

Now I know what some anonymous person was ragging me about.
Been off line for a while.
A hundred and seventy grand won't pay for the fucking fuel for the crew trucks.

Roger Owen Green said...

omg. it's awful - the disaster, the company line response...