The Brucutu mine is located in São Gonçalo do Rio Baixo, in the central region of Minas Gerais. Photo: Coupon/Disclosure
The Vale Mining Company, responsible for the construction of the PEDE3 dam, at the Brucutu mine, in São Gonçalo do Rio Baixo, in the central region of the state of Minas Gerais, revealed that the state of emergency ended on Tuesday (5 August). Measurement was done after declaring steady state (DCE).
According to Vale, in 2023 three of the company’s structures had emergency level closures and had positive DCEs; 20 still maintains a certain level of emergency. “All of those who received the tailings are inactive, and 11 of them are being declassified,” the mining company said.
According to Valli, the dams are “continuously monitored and receiving ongoing measures to improve safety”.
Dam stabilization PDE3
According to Vali, in order to obtain a declaration of stability, the dam underwent strengthening works. The structure contains about 70,000 cubic meters of sediment and was built using the single-step method.
“The actions have been duly communicated to the competent bodies, in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams (PAEBM) for Structures and in current legislation, including the National Agency for Mining (ANM), the Public Ministry of the State of Minas Gerais (MPMG), The State Foundation for the Environment (FEAM), the State Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainable Development (SEMAD), state and municipal civil defense and technical review accompanying the work on the structure, “Vale reported.
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