Environmental agency cancels Vale’s operating license for dam in 30mln-tpy mine

The environmental secretariat of Brazil’s southeastern Minas Gerais state, Semad, has suspended a license granted in 2015 for Vale to operate the Laranjeiras tailings dam, connected to the Brucutu iron ore mine.

The decision follows a court ruling that ordered the suspension of the Brucutu mine, according to Vale, and it makes any restart of the mine's operations more difficult. "The resumption of the Brucutu operation is conditioned to the reversal of the preliminary [court] ruling [that suspended the mine] and the granting of the operational license...

Published

Felipe Peroni

February 06, 2019

23:20 GMT

São Paulo