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Brazil: New decree changes mining rules

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The new duties for holders of mining rights concern the environmental accountability of mining companies and rules requiring facilities to shut down.

The changes stem from the new National Policy on the Security of Dams, passed by Congress in 2020 following the collapse of the Mariana (2015) and Brumadinho (2019) dams, both in the state of Minas Gerais.

Under the decree, mining companies are responsible for the prevention of environmental disasters and the creation of contingency plans should they occur.

The decree also requires that companies must be in charge of the well-being of communities . . .

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