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Toxic Disasters: Slurry, Cyanide, Oil, Pesticides And Other Terrible Spills (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/18/10 09:15 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

As headlines and photos pile up of the toxic sludge accident in Hungary, we're unfortunately reminded that it isn't unique. Toxic spills have a long and rich history in the United States and around the world, as mining companies, pesticide interests and other industries have cut safety corners with deadly, lingering results. In fact, it's alarming how often they happen, and how often the victims are forgotten.

If you learn one thing from this slideshow, let it be that unless we hold companies accountable, accidents like Hungary's toxic sludge spill will keep on happening. In fact, there are more accidents brewing than you might think.

Here's a look back at 10 toxic spills we hope never happen again.

Massey Messes
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In 2000 a sludge pond owned by Massey Energy broke to spill 300 million gallons of sludge. It polluted the water supply of more than a dozen communities and killed aquatic life. Massey spent $46 million in cleanup but paid just $5,600 in fines. (In case you forgot, Massey ran the mine that killed 29 miners in West Virginia this April.)

In a complaint filed May 10, 2007, Massey Energy was accused of violating its Clean Water Act permits more than 4,500 times. The EPA says the mining company discharged metals, sediments, and acid mine drainage at more than ten times the level permitted. The spillage included slurry that washed into local waterways multiple times.

The resulting fine of $20 million is the largest ever levied against a company for wastewater discharge permit violations.
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