Brazilian authorities to review the environmental policies applied to the constructions and operations of dams



The collapse of an iron tailing dam in the Municipality of Brumadinho, State of Minas Gerais, on January 25, 2019 (“Brumandinho Case”) triggered Brazilian authorities to review the environmental policies applied to the constructions and operations of dams, especially those concerning the upstream heightening technique commonly used in mining activities. The Brazilian Federal Government has determined:

(i) immediate actions to inspect all Brazilian dams classified as high risk or high potential damage;
(ii) creation of the Subcommittee of Legislation Review empowered  to draft the Bill of Law that shall update and review the Brazilian Dams Security Act (Federal Law No 12,334/10).

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