Hungary Arrests Toxic Sludge Boss

PM wants state to take over the firm
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Hungary Arrests Toxic Sludge Boss
Hungarian soldiers wearing protective gear wash the back of a truck used to clean areas flooded by toxic red sludge in Devecser, Hungary.   (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

The head of the company behind Hungary's toxic sludge spill has been arrested, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked parliament to take over. "The company should be put under state control and its assets under state closure," he said. Zoltan Bakonyi, of aluminum firm MAL Co, is accused of public endangerment and harming the environment, reports CNN. The catastrophic spill has killed eight so far and may cause long-term environmental damage. Click here to read more.
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