On this red mud in Hungary:
Soon after the spill, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences declared that the red sludge was nontoxic. The chief executive of MAL went on camera to say it was a completely harmless substance, that it could simply be washed away with water.
They were quickly proved wrong. The first responders suffered severe burns; apparently no one warned them that the sludge had a pH of 13, as caustic as lye.
It isn\’t \”as caustic as lye\”. It\’s caustic because it is lye!
Jeebus, was The Register the only outlet that bothered to ask someone who actually knows about this shit?