Judge Hikes Vale’s Fine as Residents Wait for Dam to Rupture in Brazil

Evacuation simulation exercises in case of a dam rupture were held on Saturday for residents of Barão de Cocais after Vale announced dam structure may give way between May 19 and 25.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A Brazilian judge announced on Friday that she is increasing the fine to be levied at Vale to R$300 million (approximately US$73 million) if the mining giant does not present, within 72 hours, a technical report of the impacts and risks of a rupture of a dam in the Gongo Soco Mine complex, located in Minas Gerais state.

Judge Fernanda Machado of Barão de Cocais (MG), where the Gongo Soco Mine complex is located, asked for a detailed report on what could represent the worst-case scenario . . .

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