Hungarian parliament investigates red sludge spill

10:58, November 30, 2010      

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The Hungarian Parliament on Monday decided to form a committee to investigate the October red sludge spill that killed 10 people and injured 120 others.

The committee was entrusted with determining who should be held responsible for the disaster that occurred in Ajka, a town about 150 km southwest of Budapest when waves of toxic red sludge from a nearby aluminum factory flooded several villages.

It was the first time that the parliament had approved a proposal made by the far-right Jobbik party.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said earlier the sludge spill may have been caused by human error and there was no sign of it being due to natural causes.

Orban also told a news conference there was no threat of radiation in the area affected by the flood of red mud.

Meanwhile, the factory concerned claimed that it has complied with all rules, arguing that the red sludge was not considered toxic waste by European Union standards.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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