BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: New tailing dam regulation won’t affect bauxite production – Abal

New regulation to decommission upstream tailing dams in Brazil is necessary to ensure the safety of the community but should not reduce bauxite production, Milton Rego, deputy president of the Brazilian Aluminium Association (Abal), said at Fastmarkets’ 25th Bauxite & Alumina conference in Miami.

“In our eyes the regulation should not affect bauxite production – the environment might be more difficult but production should be OK,” Rego said on a panel on Tuesday March 26. Abal is made up of aluminium producers in Brazil. The association aims to address industry related issues combining interests from both producers and processors. Mining companies in Brazil that operate upstream tailings dams have to completely decommission them by August 15, 2023, according to a new resolution issued by the country’s mining agency, ANM. The tightening regulation comes after the failure of an upstream dam at Vale’s Córrego do Feijão mine on January 25. Additionally, the authority forbids mining companies from building any structures that require constant human presence in the direct path from a...


Alice Mason

March 26, 2019

15:49 GMT