Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"Brazil files homicide charges against Vale ex-CEO, 15 others in deadly 2019 dam collapse"

WaPo:

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed homicide charges against Fabio Schvartsman, the former CEO of the Brazilian mining conglomerate Vale, and 15 other people in the deadly dam collapse last year that killed at least 249 people.

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The prosecutor’s office said the charges followed a nearly year-long investigation that concluded the dam posed a critical safety risk since at least 2017, and the situation worsened in 2018.

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A different Vale-operated dam burst in Minas Gerais in 2015, killing 19 people and displacing hundreds.