Hungary spill plant to restart

A spill of industrial waste last week at the alumina plant in western Hungary, owned by firm MAL Zrt, killed nine people, injured over 120 and polluted a tributary of the Danube when the wall of a sludge reservoir failed.

The government, which has seized control of the plant, said that it would restart the plant on Friday.

Disaster crews said people evacuated from the nearby village of Kolontar would be allowed to move back to their homes in the afternoon.

Environmental group Greenpeace urged the government to keep the plant shut because the cause of the disaster was still unclear, and said it was “entirely irresponsible” to let villagers return home because no data showed the area was safe.

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