Environment

New mining project in Minas Gerais sparks criticisms, concerns

A new mining complex in the Serra do Curral mountain range has been given the green light by state authorities, but environmentalists and local politicians are pushing back

mining View of Belo Horizonte from the Serra do Curral. Photo: Luis War/Shutterstock
View of Belo Horizonte from the Serra do Curral. Photo: Luis War/Shutterstock

An iconic mountain range in Minas Gerais state, which features on the state capital Belo Horizonte’s coat of arms, could be under threat now that a controversial mining project has been given the go-ahead. In the early hours of 30 April, after an 18-hour meeting, Minas Gerais state’s Council for Environmental Policy (Copam) approved the full licensing of the Taquaril Mining Complex. It will be located in the Serra do Curral mountain range in the municipality of Nova Lima, bordering the cities of Belo Horizonte and Sabará.

Eight of the 12 council members voted in favor of mining company...

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