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Vale Indicted for Environmental Crimes in Deadly Dam Disaster

Nov. 26, 2021, 6:05 PM

Brazil’s Federal Police indicted Vale SA and German safety auditing firm TUEV SUED AG for environmental crimes in a deadly dam collapse that buried a rural village and spread mining waste in the area.

The two companies were charged with several crimes against animal life, flora, water resources, and other counts of pollution, while 19 consultants, engineers, managers and directors were also indicted for the deaths of 270 people, the Federal Police said in a statementFriday.

The 2019 disaster in Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil caused Vale to lose its position as the world’s biggest iron-ore producer and sparked a ...