Cleanup Tasks Delayed at Defunct Chemical Plant in Hungary

April 30, 2015 8:55 AM

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Greenpeace says that leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemicals company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. The government says it will take months before the chemicals are removed and the area can be cleaned up.

Gergely Simon, a Greenpeace chemicals expert, said the situation at the site of the Budapest Chemical Works is "near catastrophic," with toxic materials like benzene seeping into the ground water as far as 60 meters below the surface and at concentrations up to 100,000 times the allowed limits.

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