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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the wake of the Brumadinho dam disaster and while firefighters are still looking for more than 300 people missing since the Feijão dam burst on Friday afternoon, state and federal agencies announce heavy fines to be paid by the dam’s owner, Vale, totaling at this time at least R$11 billion (almost US$3 billion).

Of the R$11 billion, R$5 billion would be exclusively ‘to guarantee reparation of damages caused to the victims’, stated the Minas Gerais Prosecutors’ Office (MPMG).

“The mining company is responsible . . .

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