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by Kathryn Will for The News Portal at 9:21pm on 12th of October 2010

Yesterday Hungarian officials arrested Zoltan Bakonyi, the CEO of Mal Hungarian Aluminum Production, the company responsible for last week’s devastating toxic sludge spill.

Bakonyi was taken into custody for questioning as fears mount that another reservoir wall could burst, causing even more destruction. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison for public endangerment and widespread environmental damage. He denies the charges.

The spill that occurred last Monday resulted in millions of gallons of toxic waste being dumped into local villages and rivers. The same amount of liquid that leaked throughout BP’s oil disaster was reportedly spilled within the first few hours.

The Hungarian government has placed the company’s assets under state control to ensure funds are available to compensate the many people affected by this tragedy. Over 700 residents remain evacuated and parts of the nearby village of Kolontar have been deemed as uninhabitable.


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Sludge plant boss is held over toxic Hungary leak
The Independent - 5:00pm Monday 11th of October 2010
The boss of the aluminium company responsible for Hungary's flood of caustic red sludge was arrested today. ...
Hungary Detains Sludge-Spill Firm's Boss
Wall Street Journal - 4:00pm Monday 11th of October 2010
Police detained the managing director of MAL Hungarian Aluminium Production and Trade Company after the firm's toxic dam burst, as the government moved to bring the company under state control and fre ...
HUNGARY: Head of Hungarian toxic sludge company arrested
France 24 - 4:00pm Monday 11th of October 2010
Hungarian police have detained the managing director of aluminium producer MAL, the company responsible for a deadly spill of toxic sludge, as relief workers scramble to complete an emergency dam to s ...
Boss held over Hungary toxic sludge
Mirror - 3:30pm Monday 11th of October 2010
The boss of the aluminium company responsible for Hungary's flood of caustic red sludge has been arrested. ...
Boss held over Hungary toxic sludge
Skelmersdale Advertiser - 3:05pm Monday 11th of October 2010
The boss of the aluminium company responsible for Hungary's flood of caustic red sludge has been arrested. ...
Boss held over Hungary toxic sludge
Surrey Herald - 3:05pm Monday 11th of October 2010
The boss of the aluminium company responsible for Hungary's flood of caustic red sludge has been arrested. ...
Head of Hungarian firm detained for toxic sludge spill
Xinhua News Agency - 2:30pm Monday 11th of October 2010
The Hungarian government said on Monday that head of the aluminum plant was detained for the toxic sludge spill, which left seven dead and 150 others injured. ...
Uploaded on Oct 5 2010  Residents clear up toxic sludge in the flooded village of Devecser, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest, October 5, 2010. Hungary declared a state of emergency in three western counties on Tuesday, the day after a torrent of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant reservoir tore through local villages, killing four people and injuring 120. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo (HUNGARY - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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