The Óbuda Gas Works began operation on 15 June 1914. At that time, it was one of the most advanced gas factories. But now it seems they might poison the River Danube, Budapest’s famous blue ribbon.
According to index.hu, Democratic Coalition, the most-supported Hungarian opposition party, raised the attention that the government should start the purification process of the former territory of the Óbuda Gas Works. Olivio Kocsis-Cake, a party commissioner, said that poisonous substances get into the River Danube from the former factory. Greenpeace took samples and said harmful, carcinogenic materials leak into the Danube from there.
The politician said the government should act on the issue because the amount of toxic chemicals exceeds health-based values ten- or even hundredfold.
The territory is in the ownership of a state-owned company. However, the government regularly postpones the start date of purification. The current one is April 2026.
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