There is no Safe Dam in Brazil, Says Minister

Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said that by the end of 2019, all dams in the country would be monitored and by 2021 all tailings dams will be decommissioned.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister, Bento Albuquerque, said on Thursday that there is no safe dam in the country.

"There is no safe dam. That concept does not exist," said Albuquerque during a hearing before the Senate Environment Committee on dam safety.

The minister went on to say that the probability of ruptures of tailings dams built upstream, as was . . .

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