Toxic Water Seeps From Norwegian Mining Site in Brazil’s Amazon

Heavy rains led to the overflow of several basins, including those in the Hydro Alunorte compound, threatening the area's drinking water supply.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost a week of denials by both Hydro Alunorte and Para state officials, experts from Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed that basins carrying residue deposits from a Norwegian mining operation overflowed last weekend, dumping toxic waste into waterways and soil around the metropolitan area of Para’s capital, Belem, located in the Amazon region.

According to residents the heavy rains registered over the weekend, caused basins around . . .

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