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Aluminum Company to Pay $646M Fine for Hungarian Sludge Spill

ABC News(BUDAPEST, Hungary) -- The aluminum company responsible for last year's enormous toxic sludge leak in Hungary will now have to pay a fine totaling up to $646 million, according to BBC News.

The MAL Zrt leak killed 10 people and released an unheard-of amount (184 million gallons) of hazardous materials causing environmental harm.  Once the sludge reached the Danube, more than 150 people were injured, BBC News reports.

Now, officials say MAL Zrt will have just two weeks to either appeal the judgement or pay the fine.

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