Environment & Energy Report

Vale Spill Prompts New Dam Requirements in Brazil But No Bans

Feb. 12, 2019, 10:19 PM

Mining companies operating dams like the one involved in the fatal Jan. 25 Vale SA disaster must inspect them daily beginning immediately, but Brazil’s new requirements stop short of banning their construction outright.

The National Mining Agency (ANM), the country’s mining-sector regulator, in a Feb. 11 directive set tougher requirements for iron ore tailings dams that require new inspections and additional disaster planning.

It comes after a Vale tailings dam in east-central Minas Gerais state ruptured, releasing a torrent of sludge that buried a downhill company cafeteria where hundreds of employees were eating and flattened...

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