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MAL pledges to work with disaster commissioner

MAL Hungarian Aluminum Producing and Trading Company, the owner of the sludge reservoir in W Hungary which ruptured about a week ago, flooding nearby villages and killing at least nine people, will do all it can to cooperate with the government disaster commissioner on tasks laid down by the prime minister, MAL chairman Lajos Tolnay said in an interview published in the fresh issue of Figyelő.

“It is important for us for the reasons for the catastrophe to be examined, and it is also in our interest that the question of responsibility be confirmable,” Tolnay said. “Just as important as easing the damages is restarting regular operation of the company,” he added.

Government disaster commissioner György Bakondi said on Wednesday that production could start again at MAL's plant in Ajka on Thursday or Friday at the earliest.

Tolnay said MAL's companies had complied with all technical regulations and the company was not to blame for the sludge disaster. (MTI-Econews)