With the license, issued by the Minas Gerais' state environmental council, Copam, Samarco has secured all environmental permits needed to resume operations, its 50% shareholder Vale said.
It plans to resume activities around the end of 2020, after it concludes construction work of a dry tailings stacking system, which is expected to last 12 months. The restart of operations is subject to shareholder approval, the company added.
Samarco is a 50:50 joint venture between Vale and BHP Billiton.
In the meantime, Samarco will conduct maintenance works on its equipment and prepare for the restart of...