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Court maintains restrictions on cyanide-spilling company

A Budapest court on Tuesday finalized an earlier, provisional decision that Australian-Romanian mining company Transgold, whose legal predecessor caused an ecological disaster in Hungary, reduce its production by 85%, MTI learnt on Tuesday. The temporary measure was taken in May, following a four-year procedure, to reduce the risk of another environmental disaster, resulting from the cyanide leach technology the company applied in its gold mine project in western Romania. Transgold's predecessor, Aurul, poisoned hundreds of kilometers of Hungarian waterways when cyanide and heavy metals spilled into the Szamos and Tisza rivers from the tailings pool of a gold smelter near Baia Mare back in 2000.