Brazilian police arrest five people involved in Vale dam approval
Brazilian federal police have arrested five people related to inspections of the tailing dam that failed last week at Vale’s Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine.
Three of the people arrested on Tuesday January 29 work for the Brazilian miner and two are with TÜV SÜD, the German audit firm that certified in 2018 that the dam had met safety standards.
The arrest included a search-and-seizure operation for documents that could help the investigation, and was aided by the federal and Minas Gerais state prosecutors’ offices. The search and seizure took place at Vale’s Nova Lima headquarters, located in Minas Gerais, and at TÜV SÜD’s offices in São Paulo.