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Oct 08, 2010

Toxic sludge leak: request for donations

by PhilLee — last modified Oct 08, 2010 05:12 PM
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Friends of the Earth Hungary is calling for donations in order to provide assistance to those living and working in the areas worst affected by the red mud spill.

The Csalán (Nettle) Environmental and Nature Protection Association appeals to everyone in a position to do so to contribute to the purchase of vitally important protective equipment. The Association would like to provide immediate assistance to those living and working in the areas worst affected by the red mud spill, coordinating with the local governments of the affected communities, particularly Kolontár and Devecser.

 

We would like to provide quick help to those living and working in the areas affected by the unprecedented, catastrophic spill on October 4, 2010. We are coordinating this with those working in the disaster area and Mr. Tamás Toldi, Mayor of Devecser. They emphasized the most urgent need for protective clothing and equipment for those working in the affected areas. Our Association would like to provide all residents of the affected communities with a protective mask (6,000 pieces) , 500 pairs of rubber boots and recovery devices, as much as needed.

 

About $5 (1000 HUF = 4 EUR) pays for 4 safety face masks with a dust filter, $26  (5000 HUF = 20 EUR)  for one set of protective clothing (one pair of rubber boots and gloves),

 

$26  (5000 HUF = 20 EUR) for one set of recovery devices (spade, shovel

and hoe),

 

12 500 HUF = 50 EUR  for one barrow for those working on the field.

 

Please provide help according to your abilities!

 

donate now!

1. Bank Account below (with a note that the donations is for the RED MUD

DISASTER)

 

SWIFT-code: GIBAHUHB

Bank Account (in international relations): HU60 1160 0006 0000 0000 0297

8495

Beneficiary’s  Name: Csalan Egyesület

 

Beneficiary’s  Address: H-8200 Veszprem, Rakoczi F. u. 3, Hungary

 

2. Donate through PayPal by clicking on the link below

 

www.csalan.hu/red-mud-disaster

 

All donations received are allocated to the purchase and distribution of the above described equipment and we report the amounts received and their use in detail on our website. Based on the donations received as of October 6 and 7, 2010 the distribution of rubber boots and gloves and safety masks has already started. The Csalan Association considers providing accurate information to the citizens critically important, so we prepared and distributed flyers about the basic facts of the accident and priority activities for the first days.

 

Your donation is highly appreciated – no amount is too small!

Oct 07, 2010

Statement on the toxic sludge leak in Hungary

by PhilLee — last modified Oct 07, 2010 03:10 PM
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Friends of the Earth Europe sends it condolences to the families of the people who have lost their lives this week in the toxic sludge leak in Hungary. Our thoughts are with the thousands who are suffering from this environmental disaster.

Far too often we see environmental disasters of this kind yet we continue to see corporate opposition to strong environmental, health and safety regulations at a national, European and international level. Corporations say the costs are too high, but the real cost of weak regulation is clear for all to see.

 

Friends of the Earth Hungary/Magyar Termeszetvedok Szovetsege  (MTVSZ) is present in the area and actively assessing and monitoring the situation as the gravity of it unfolds. The priorities must be to safeguard people’s health and protect the repair the local environment. In the longer term environmental protection measures must be strengthened to prevent future disasters.

 

Read more at FoE Hungary's website: http://www.mtvsz.hu/

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