Brazil’s Vale Suspends Operations at New Caledonia Plant After Protests

In a securities filing, Vale said there was no environmental damage, industrial accidents or injuries, and that operations have been suspended “in a safe and controlled manner.”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian mining giant Vale SA said on Thursday, December 10th, that it has halted operations on the Pacific island of New Caledonia, a quasi-autonomous French overseas territory, after pro-independence protests nearby, and that military forces are now guarding the evacuated plant.

In a securities filing, Vale said there was no environmental damage, industrial accidents or injuries, and that operations have been suspended “in a safe and controlled manner . . .

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