Prosecutors extend Brumadinho task-force investigation

Friday, 03 April 2020 20:50:59 (GMT+3)   |   Sao Paulo
       

Brazil's General Attorney, Augusto Aras, has extended until May 31, 2020 a Brazil-wide prosecutor task-force investigating both Vale’s and Samarco’s dam failures.

Aras’ decision was published this week in Brazil’s official gazette, Diario Oficial da Uniao (DOU), SteelOrbis has learned. The decision also extends the task-force investigation to include the Mariana disaster, which halted production at pellets producer Samarco, a 50/50 joint venture between Vale and BHP Billiton.

Aras decision appointed federal prosecutors to investigate both dam disasters. The decision also establishes a joint cooperation in both the Samarco and Vale dam failures.

The Brumadinho disaster killed 259 people and left 11 missing, presumably dead. The dam break was reported on January 25, 2019. The Mariana disaster killed 19 people on November 5, 2015, and halted activities at Samarco.

 


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