Friday, October 8, 2010

Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt

On Oct. 4, 2010, a holding reservoir at an aluminum plant in Hungary burst, flooding three villages with toxic sludge and threatening to contaminate the Danube River... ...the sludge poured out at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt aluminum plant, owned by MAL Zrt, after days of heavy rain... ...after just the first day of the disaster, over a million cubic meters of the toxic sludge had escaped.... ...Greenpeace stated this was one of the worst disasters in Europe in the past 30 years and Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties.

The highly alkaline sludge is a byproduct of the aluminum industry. The red colour is caused by iron content, one of a multitude of elements in this chemical soup.

Co2 Art partner Tatiana Iliina has created an abstract painting to acknowledge this tragic event.  It is possible to purchase this painting on Tatiana Iliina's online store.

1 comment:

Hollis said...

The EPA and OSHA are a necessary inconvenience of doing business in the U.S. They may increase the cost of a product but they help save people and protect the planet.