Hungarian commissioner visits site of cyanide spill

BUDAPEST, Jul 17, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) Government Commissioner Janos Gonczy on 13 July visited the Romanian Aurul mining company, which caused the cyanide spill into Hungary's Tisza River in January, and said he is not convinced that the present conditions there are technically safe.

Gonczy requested the visit after recent reports said Aurul has resumed operating using the same technology under which the spill occurred.

Romanian authorities claimed that Aurul has been given a license only for test runs and that the plant is working at 30-70 percent capacity in a trial that will continue through September.

After his fact-finding visit, Gonczy noted that major earthworks have been carried out to restore the dike around the reservoir, Hungarian media reported.

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