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Controversial Belo Monte Dam Approved for Amazon

By Mira Olson, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The IBAMA (Brazilian Environmental Agency) issued a provisional license on February 1st to move forward with plans to build the controversial Belo Monte mega-dam in the Xingú river, a tributary of the Amazon in the state of Pará.

The Belo Monte dam is expected to start production in 2015. It will be the second largest hydroelectric dam in Brazil and the third largest in the . . .

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