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Billion-Dollar Suit Filed by Brazil Against Samarco, BHP, Vale

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s federal government, along with the state governments of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, announced they will sue mining company Samarco and its controllers, Brazil’s Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billinton in R$20 billion for the accident at the beginning of November in which two dams burst.

According to officials the three companies will have to pay the expenses of recovery all the degraded areas left behind after tons of toxic water from the dams flooded a wide region near the town of Mariana, Minas Gerais and . . .

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