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German firm TUV SUD halts Vale dam certifications after disaster

Mining News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Reuters reported that- German inspection firm TÜV SÜD said on Tuesday it will no longer certify tailings dams owned by the world’s largest iron ore miner Vale SA, after a dam burst in January, killing over 300 people. The firm, which had signed off on Vale’s dams in the past, said in a statement there was heightened uncertainty over whether the current certifications system is appropriate. It said “It would be absolutely unacceptable for TÜV SÜD if declarations were signed against better judgment. This would go against all the company’s rules and its philosophy.”

The firm has also been investigating its own role in the collapse of the dam in the town of Brumadinho, and had hired two external law firms to look into its auditing practices.

Brazilian authorities arrested two TÜV SÜD employees in the wake of the disaster, but freed them soon later.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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