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Brazil government bans upstream mining dams after deadly Vale disaster - Report

Mining News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Reuters reported that Brazil's government recently banned new upstream mining dams and ordered the decommissioning of all such dams by 2021, targeting the type of structure that burst last month in the town of Brumadinho, killing hundreds of people. Those dams, which hold mining by-products, are cheaper to build but present higher security risks because their walls are constructed over a base of muddy mining waste rather than on solid ground.

In January, one such dam operated by miner Vale SA , the world's largest iron ore miner, collapsed, unleashing a wave of mud that bulldozed nearby structures and has likely killed more than 300 people. The move by Brazil's mining regulator, which would impact some 50 upstream mining dams in Brazil's mining heartland of Minas Gerais state alone, is the strongest governmental response yet to the disaster.

Meanwhile, the new regulation orders mining companies to present independently-produced decommission plans by August and ensure that those plans are executed by 2021.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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