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Judge Hikes Vale’s Fine as Residents Wait for Dam to Rupture in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A Brazilian judge announced on Friday that she is increasing the fine to be levied at Vale to R$300 million (approximately US$73 million) if the mining giant does not present, within 72 hours, a technical report of the impacts and risks of a rupture of a dam in the Gongo Soco Mine complex, located in Minas Gerais state.

Judge Fernanda Machado of Barão de Cocais (MG), where the Gongo Soco Mine complex is located, asked for a detailed report on what could represent the worst-case scenario . . .

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