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EU response to Hungarian sludge danger

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EU response to Hungarian sludge danger


Five EU environmental experts are in Hungary to help cope with the sludge from the Ajka alumina factory spill. The national authorities want to know how the pollution could affect people, plant and animal life. The President of the European Commission is also expected in Hungary this Tuesday.

Peter Billing, a Civil Protection Unit authority in Brussels, summed up what is being done:

“At this very moment, we have a meeting next door with our environmental specialists. As you know, it is mainly an environmental disaster. We look into the environmental consequences and we will come up with some advice for the management of this disaster.”

The European Commission said response to Budapest’s appeal for help had been swift: more than 40 specialists were offered by 10 EU Member States. The five deployed are from France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Germany.

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