Red sludge reached Romania, water quality ‘not affected’

The red sludge has reached Romania but is not affecting the water’s quality, the ‘Romanian Waters’ National Administration (ANAR) announced yesterday. The Danube’s Ph level stands at 7.73, with the allowed maximum value set at 8.5.

“After processing the results of lab analyses the ANAR specialists’ official position is that the wave of pollution has reached the Danube’s Romanian sector without affecting the water’s quality,” the institution announced in a press communiqué. According to ANAR specialists, the water’s quality is being monitored through tests and measurements conducted every four hours. On October 4 hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of toxic red sludge were spilled after a dam failed at the Ajka plant, an aluminum plant owned by Hungary’s MAL group, polluting 40 square kilometers and destroying the ecosystem of the rivers Torna and Marcal. Eight persons lost their lives. Yesterday, Budapest Govern­ment decided to nationalize MAL.

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