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Public Consultation Launched to Help Set Global Standards for Tailings Dams

A six-week public consultation launched [in London] on Friday will help set global standards to improve mining safety, aiming to prevent any repeat of the Vale tailings dam disaster in Brazil that killed 300 people in January. Tailings dams are …

Vale’s ‘Negligence’ May Have Cost Lives, Says Brazil Mining Regulator

Brazil’s mining regulator on Tuesday blasted iron ore miner Vale SA for failing to disclose problems with a mining dam before a deadly collapse in January, saying this kept the agency from taking actions that could have saved lives. The …

Vale CEO Received Emailed Warning Ahead of Brazil Dam Collapse: Report

The former chief executive of Brazilian iron ore miner Vale received an anonymous email weeks before the deadly collapse of a tailings dam at Brumadinho in January 2019 warning about “dams at their limit,” according to the findings of an …

Ex-DuPont CEO Claims No Intent to Burden Chemours with Unlimited Liabilities

DuPont de Nemours Inc. never intended to saddle its spinoff Chemours Co. with “unlimited exposure” to its liabilities, DuPont’s former chief executive officer said, sending Chemours stock up sharply. Ellen Kullman, who resigned as DuPont’s CEO and chairman in 2015 …

Carnival Cruise Line Under Renewed Pressure to Comply with Environmental Rules

A federal judge pushed top Carnival Corp. executives on Wednesday to work faster to fix ocean pollution problems caused by the world’s largest cruise line. At a hearing in Miami federal court, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said she expects …

Brazil Police Accuse Mining Firm Vale, Auditor of Fraud Related to Deadly Dam Collapse

Brazilian federal police proposed criminal charges against Vale SA, auditor TÜV SÜD and 13 of their employees, alleging fraud in relation to a deadly dam collapse in January, according to a document seen by Reuters on Friday. Federal police accused …

Waste from Chinese-Owned Nickel Plant Spills into Papua New Guinea Bay

Waste from a nickel plant in Papua New Guinea owned by Metallurgical Corporation of China spilled into the adjacent Basamuk Bay over the weekend, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Locals noticed red discharge clouding parts of the bay that …

Mining Firm Vale Must Fix All Damages from Deadly Dam Collapse: Brazil Court

A Brazilian state judge on Tuesday convicted mining company Vale SA for damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in January that killed at least 240 people. Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira ruled that Vale is responsible for …

Aging Oil Pipelines Operated by Canada’s Enbridge Raise Fears over Great Lakes Spills

Fears about oil spills into the Great Lakes from two aging U.S. pipelines have flared, raising doubts about their future and creating fresh headaches for operator Enbridge Inc and the Canadian energy sector. Canada has faced years of delay in …

Global Mining Firms Reveal Safety Plans for Tailings Dams After Deadly Brazil Disasters

Global miners BHP Group, Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc revealed details on tailings dams, months after ethical investors sought the information following a second deadly dam disaster in Brazil. BHP, which operates 67 tailings facilities, said on Friday it …