Four years after Hungary’s disastrous red mud spill, Will Mayes and co-workers at the University of Hull, UK, have shown that implemented remediation measures have successfully limited the long term impacts of the spill on the affected Danube tributaries. Elemental and particle size analyses of fluvial sediments sampled downstream from the spill site in 2013 showed that the characteristic geochemical signature of the red mud was predominantly absent compared to in post-disaster surveys, highlighting that the contaminated material was mostly removed by intervention measures.
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Geochemical recovery of the Torna–Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary*
Á. D. Anton, O. Klebercz, Á. Magyar, I. T. Burke, A. P. Jarvis, K. Gruiz and W. M. Mayes
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,
*This paper is open access