Vale’s decomissioned Brazil dam at risk of collapse, labor body says

Engineers and technicians told the auditors that the tailings at Xingu had not been properly drained and had been deposited in the dam in an uncontrolled manner.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Iron ore miner Vale SA's (VALE3.SA) decommissioned Xingu dam is at "imminent risk of collapsing," according to a statement on Wednesday by the Regional Labor Department for the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

The Xingu tailings, or mining waste, dam in the town of Mariana, already devastated by a 2015 dam rupture which killed 19 people, had its risk level elevated last October by Brazil's National Mining Agency. Although Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?