According to a report on the possible impacts of a recent environmental disaster in Hungary on the Slovak environment, and on the actions the government took, the estimated cost of securing the safety of all sludge reservoirs in Slovakia is €200,000. Iveta Radičová’s cabinet discussed the Environment Ministry’s material on Wednesday, November 24.
“According to inspections of the technological and security situation of sludge reservoirs in Slovakia, most reservoirs are safe and pose no threat to people’s lives or health, or to the environment,” the report states, as quoted by the SITA newswire. There are six sites posing a greater risk, with which the state should deal; the Ministers of Economy and Environment should provide for elimination of these risks in 2012. The Cabinet decided to inspect Slovak sludge reservoirs after the catastrophe in the Hungarian village of Ajka, where a reservoir at a local alumina plant burst on October 4 and toxic red sludge flooded several nearby villages, killing at least nine people.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Nov 2010 at 14:00