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EU faults Hungary's deadly red mud classification

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EU faults Hungary's deadly red mud classification


The Hungarian authorities are being dragged through the mud again, being told they were wrong to classify industrial waste which in an accident in the north of the country last October killed ten people, and hurt dozens more, as not dangerous.

Hungary must revise the classification, according to a preliminary assessment by the European Commission.

A spokesman said: “We consider that they had classified the red mud incorrectly in the original granting of the permit, that it should have been classified as hazardous. It was classified as non-hazardous at the time.”

A probe surrounding the alumina plant in Ajka is continuing but Brussels said legal proceedings are not in motion at this stage.

Hungary is only two weeks into its turn holding the EU presidency, and has already attracted negative attention over a new media law which critics say raises the spectre of state censorship.

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