Vale evacuates another settlement near a tailings dam after review of external report

Brazilian miner Vale has pre-emptively evacuated about 200 people living close to another of its iron ore tailings dams after reviewing an independent report, the company said on Sunday February 17.

The people were taken from Nova Lima, close to the Mar Azul mine in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais. Level 2 of the country’s emergency action plan for tailings dams was triggered by Vale and prompted the evacuation, which was carried out with the civil defense authority. “This [tailings dam] is currently inactive and the pre-emptive initiative will not affect production [volumes],” the miner said. This is the third settlement in Minas Gerais to be affected by Vale’s operations in less than a month. The collapse of the...

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Renato Rostás

February 18, 2019

13:51 GMT

São Paulo