Daniele Bassi

Almost five years after toxic sludge flooded Devecser, the town is thriving – but worries remain about similar industrial waste sites around Hungary.

DEVECSER, Hungary | When a friend called Marton Ovari to tell him that a flood of red mud was overwhelming Devecser, a town of about 5,000 people in southwestern Hungary, he wasn't alarmed at first. He knew the Torna creek, which flows through the town, often turned red as a result of leaks from a reservoir holding the caustic byproduct of aluminum production from a nearby plant. Read more...