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No more mining disasters

November 5, 2016 • Payal Sampat

One year ago, on November 5, 2015, a mining waste dam failed at the Samarco iron mine in rural Brazil, unleashing an enormous torrent of chemical-laden sludge into the Rio Doce. At least 19 people died and some 700 people were left homeless. Aquatic ecosystems were wiped out by the plume of pollution that reached the Atlantic Ocean. What remains is a polluted river that locals will have to contend with for decades to come.

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Frequently Asked Questions about BHP Billiton – Vale S.A. mining waste spill

November 19, 2015 • Earthworks and Greenpeace

Frequently Asked Questions about BHP Billiton – Vale S.A. mining waste spill at the Germano iron mine in Brazil