Brazil’s New Environment Minister Not Ready to Commit to Reopening Samarco Mine

17 May 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Brazil's newly appointed environment minister, José Sarney Filho, said this week that he would not permit Samarco to resume operations at its iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state until it addresses the issues that led to a deadly tailings dam breach there last November.During a visit on May 16th to the city of Mariana, in Minas Gerais, Sarney Filho refused to sign a statement, presented by local officials, pledging the government's commitment to allow the mine to reopen."I don't yet feel comfortable participating in any act that agrees with facilitating the return of (mining) activity," Reuters quoted him as saying...

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