Vale’s plan to decommission Mariana and Brumadinho-style dams


Last Friday’s catastrophic dam failure near the town of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, has left at least 99 dead and, so far, 257 missing. Although the concrete cause of the collapse is not yet known, Brazilian society is pointing its finger directly at the company in charge: the country’s biggest mining company, Vale. A co-owner of the dam which failed in the nearby town of Mariana in 2015—causing the biggest environmental disaster in Brazilian history—Vale will be forced into taking action this time around.

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