Associated Press 10-9-10 (0930)am
According to AP another crack in a reservoir wall at an industrial plant in Kolontar Hungary could collapse at any moment sending a new wave of caustic red sludge into towns of an already devastated countryside, according to Hungary’s prime minister this morning.
A crack in the concrete wall has apparently widened, according to reports, by 2.76 inches (7 centimeters) overnight. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that said a collapse is imminent. The prime minister spoke to reporters outside of a fire station located near the alumina plant that dumped up to 184 million gallons of highly polluted water and mud onto three villages in a time span of about one hour on Monday. He said that the wall will probably come down today, while he could not predict exactly when, he said that cracks on the northern wall of the reservoir indicates that the wall will collapse. This according to AP.
Red sludge is a byproduct of the refining process for the manufacturing of aluminum. The treated sludge is often stored in ponds where the water eventually evaporates, leaving behind a largely safe red clay. According to experts in Hungary the sludge was apparently insufficiently treated, meaning that the sludge is instead highly toxic.
This is an extremely serious environmental disaster, that many developing European countries are not able to handle. Of course negligence might be at the center of this situation, or it might be that the by-product development into what is supposed to be nothing more than a safe clay-like substance, did not conform to what it was supposed to do. Regardless of what happened here, the reservoir, which is constructed of medium hard concrete is disintegrating and the sludge apparently in this highly caustic state, it is destroying the containment ponds, and threatening the entire countryside.
It is all too obvious that the Euro nations are not as able to handle such environmental disasters as this. There is a need for these nations to come together to develop methods as well as processes to deal with such expectations. It is also obvious that we are witnessing a problem with infrastructure. Many plants in these countries are in need of serious upgrades. This is just an opening example of what might be coming if even more industrial complexes holding toxic or even nuclear waste, are structurally weak as a result of years of neglect, and experiencing overcapacity production because of the wave in industrial business.
There is no doubt here that this must be addressed quickly, because the next disaster could be far more dangerous with more serious implications throughout Europe. Of course, the Hungarian situation is an ongoing story, that could have unfortunate results, effecting the lives of thousands in what could be, as I write this story, in a matter of mere minutes, if it hasn’t happened already.
That’s my point of view…………What do you think? ………. Hope to hear from you soon. Take a moment to pray for people in Hungary in the path of this devastation.
Have a great day …………….. and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!