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Latin American Economy & Business - February 2019

Brazil: Few signs of change after latest mining disaster

Over 165 people have died, while scores remaining missing, presumed dead, after the collapse of a tailings dam operated by Vale near Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. The accident comes just three years after another dam, also part operated by Vale, burst near the town of Mariana, killing 19 people and resulting in the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history. Efforts to ban upstream dams and force mining companies to improve the safety of dangerous dams in the wake of the first tragedy failed to gain traction in congress.

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