Vale will face criminal charges over deadly dam collapse: report

Residents are seen in an area next to a dam owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA which burst, in Brumadinho, Brazil January 25, 2019.

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Residents are seen in an area next to a dam owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA which burst, in Brumadinho, Brazil January 25, 2019.

Brazilian prosecutors intend to file criminal charges against Vale in addition to employees of the mining giant following a deadly dam collapse at a company mine in January, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges connected to the disaster, Jose Adercio Leite Sampaio, the lead prosecutor inside inquiry told the Journal. which evidence shows certain employees working at the mine knew the dam was unsafe, nevertheless which remains to be seen whether directors were aware, he said.

The breach in a dam containing mining waste at Vale’s Corrego do Feijao mine in southeastern Minas Gerais sent torrents of muddy sludge ripping through the area in addition to killed about 300 people near the city of Brumadinho.

The charges under consideration include murder, manslaughter, environmental damage in addition to false representation, Sampaio told the Journal.

The false representation charges are being leveled at employees of both Vale in addition to German inspections company Tuev Sued, which certified the dam was safe shortly before the collapse.

A report completed by Tuev Sued in September raised concerns about the dam, identifying problems with the drainage infrastructure in addition to faulty monitoring systems, the Journal reported in February.

Prosecutors will investigate whether senior Vale officials understood the risk of collapse inside coming months, Sampaio told the newspaper.

Shares of Vale were were down slightly following the report.

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