Vale did not deposit waste above the capacity of the Campo Grande Dam
Vale informs that the waste volume deposited at Campo Grande dam, in Minas Gerais, is in accordance with the project and within the total volume licensed for the dam. According to Conforming Emergency Action Plan Document Mining Dam (PAEBM) (access the document here – Portuguese only), filed with the competent organs, its design capacity is 23.5 Mm3 and currently, the dam occupies a 19.59 Mm3 volume. Therefore, the Campo Grande dam is not saturated.
We clarify that, in 2014, Vale sent to Samarco the amount of 1,005,581 tons of waste from the Alegria mine, in Minas Gerais. This amount represents 4.4722% of the total amount deposited in the Fundão dam between January 2014 and December 2014. Click here to access the Samarco Financial bill (Portuguese only).
The waste transfer activity for Samarco is licensed since 1994 for the Corrective Operational License of Alegria Mine, COPAM process number 182/87/03/94. This license has been subjected to successive revalidation, as required by current environmental legislation in Minas Gerais. Licences are issued by COPAM (State Environmental Policy Council of the State of Minas Gerais). In this environmental license, was expected that Vale could waste on new Samarco’s structures that were to be built. The responsibility for licensing for the disposal of waste in the Fundão Dam is Samarco’s. Access here the license issued (Portuguese only).