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.