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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – State prosecutors in Minas Gerais, Brazil, announced on Thursday they were filing a civil lawsuit against mining company Samarco as well as its controllers, Brazilian mining giant Vale and Anglo-American company BHP Billiton for the dam accident last month in Mariana, which killed at least thirteen people and caused the largest environmental disaster in Brazil’s history.

According to prosecutors, the civil lawsuit was filed after Samarco repeatedly delayed signing a commitment agreement that would legally guarantee the company’s obligations towards the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?