The toxic sludge now covering 15 square miles of Hungary and seeping into the Danube River is a serious environmental disaster whose severity and long-term consequences are still unclear. Will the release of the 35 million cubic feet of alumina refining waste become one of the Top 10 manmade environmental disasters of the past century?
When a blowout preventer failed on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, it led to an oil spill that lasted until mid-July and wasn’t declared over until September. Almost 5 million barrels, or about 210,000,000 gallons, of oil are estimated to have been released into the Gulf – the largest accidental release of oil in history.
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