Brazil Mining Agency to Hire More Inspectors, Allowing Annual Checks on Tailings Dams

A 2019 disaster at Vale’s Brumadinho dam alerted the mining industry and investors to the dangers of thousands of tailings dams around the world.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s National Mining Agency (ANM) is set to hire 40 more safety inspectors, to more than double the total number of inspectors, allowing it to check all the country’s tailings dams annually, the agency’s director told Reuters on Thursday, January 28th.

A 2019 disaster at iron ore mining giant Vale’s Brumadinho dam - the second fatal collapse at a Vale-affiliated facility in four years - alerted the mining industry and investors to the dangers of thousands of tailings dams around the world, many of which are in disrepair.

The ANM’s move would . . .

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