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Cyanide spill threatens health in Hungary

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7234.536 (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:536
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    A cyanide spill has rendered Hungary's second longest waterway, the Tisza River, “dead for years to come” and may threaten human health, government officials have warned.

    The spill occurred on 30 January at the Aurul precious metals recovery plant near Baia Mare, Romania, when 100000m3 of sludge contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals flowed over a 25m length of dam and down the Szamos and Lapos rivers to the Tisza. …

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