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Brumadinho Dam Collapse: Mining Industry Needs Radical Change to Avoid Future Disasters

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Mar 11, 2019 10:29 AM 1+ week ago

EDITOR'S NOTE: The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the authors and do not reflect the views of Latino USA.

By Breno Nunes, Aston University and Flavio Hourneaux Junior, Brazilian Naval War College

People learn by making mistakes. The same is true for firms and society--success depends on being able to internalize lessons and behave differently in future, to avoid repeating the same errors. Firms tend to review their organizational structures and routine practices to flag problems before they occur, or respond quickly to unexpected problems to minimize their impact.

This is apparently not the case with Vale, however--the fifth largest mining company in the world. Vale is the world's biggest producer of iron ore and nickel and is also responsible for what may be the largest environmental disaster in Brazil's history, after one of its tailings dams --an embankment which is supposed to hold back a vast reservoir of toxic mining byproducts-- collapsed on January 25, 2019 at ...

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