Brazil justice official warns Vale over practices

Reuters BRUMADINHO, Brazil (Reuters) — Brazilian miner Vale needs to change its behavior, cooperate more with authorities and be more transparent after a deadly dam collapse at one of its mines that likely killed more than 300 people, Brazil’s solicitor general said on Saturday.

Speaking with reporters in the town of Brumadinho, near Vale’s Corrego do Feijao mine that collapsed late last month, Andre Mendonca added that Vale’s actions had not improved since another deadly tailings dam collapse in 2015, the Samarco project that it joint-owned with BHP Billiton.

“Firstly, we need a change of behavior. There has been a behavior of resistance to complying with obligations and we need effective cooperation, not only in words, but in gestures, in acts, that demonstrate responsibility for what happened,” said Mendonca.

“We need to have an effective assumption by Vale of its responsibility for the event ... So, we expect effective, quick responses from Vale regarding the disaster.”

In a later statement, the solicitor general’s office said all of the costs associated with the tragedy incurred by the federal government would be charged to Vale.

With 121 people confirmed dead and another 226 still missing, according to the latest tally on Saturday, the Brumadinho dam burst could be Brazil’s deadliest mine disaster.

The disaster poses a headache for the new government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, whose new business-friendly administration must juggle public anger over the tragedy and its own desire to ease mining and environmental regulations to kick-start growth.Speech

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