Vale Engineer Says that Company Leaders Knew the Risks of the Brumadinho Waste Disposal Dam

According to him the dams risk were reported by panel of specialists

Ricardo Della Coletta

Felipe Figueiredo Rocha, a Vale hydraulic resources engineer, said this Tuesday (23) that directors of the mining company already knew the risks of the Brumadinho (MG) dam. 

The dam’s break on January 25 left 232 dead and 40 people missing. Figueiredo Rocha testified on Tuesday in the CPI (Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry) of the Senate, which is trying to determine what led the disaster. According to him, the risk of a break was reported by a panel of specialists in a Vale subcommittee.

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Members of a rescue team search for victims after a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho, Brazil January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo/File Photo ORG XMIT: FW1 - REUTERS

“The risks of dam 1, while not imminent risks - were possible risks - were reported both the board and the executive board," said the engineer. Figueiredo Rocha said that he could not confirm that these declarations of the risk of the dam reached the ex-president of the mining company Fabio Schvartsman. 

"I can not say whether the reports that were made to the executive committee reached President Fabio Schvartsman. I have brought with me this presentation that was made on the executive committee. I also have the minutes of the meeting, both the executive risk committee and the subcommittee on operational risks, which show these dams in the attention zones," said Figueiredo Rocha. 

On March 28, the former president of CVRD appeared at the CPI and said that neither he nor the company's board was aware of the reports that pointed to the risk of dam rupture. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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