industrial chemicals

Robin Autenrieth

Texas A&M University, Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Department of Civil Engineering

October 16, 2010

Assessing Hungary's "red mud" spill

David Dzombak , Emily Stanley

photo: NASA

A dam in Hungary holding toxic industrial waste called "red mud" spilled into villages, farms, and the Danube River on October 4, and two Leopold Leadership Fellows are helping to elucidate the implications. According to David Dzombak (2000), the high alkalinity of the mud will make the land infertile even for park grass. Emily Stanley (2006) says that many other such dams sit aging and ignored across Eastern Europe and, "Without inspection and regular repairs and maintenance, I think it's highly likely that we'll see more of these [failures] in the future."