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Vale creates settlement proposal for the people affected in Brumadinho

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Global Mining Review,

Vale has reiterated its commitment to reach an amicable solution in the meetings with the Attorney's Office of the State of Minas Gerais, the Public Prosecution Office of the State of Minas Gerais, the Public Defender's Office of the State of Minas Gerais, the Federal Attorney's Office, the Federal Public Prosecution Office, the Federal Public Defender's Office, and the people affected by the breach of Dam I at Córrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho, ultimately seeking to expedite the emergency response to the accident.

In another meeting held yesterday afternoon (18 February) Vale confirmed the Preliminary Adjustment Agreement (TAP) proposal which, among other measures, would provide the following:

  • One-off payment to those who resided or carried out rural or commercial activities in the Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS) of the dam, as well as in the Córrego do Feijão and Parque da Cachoeira communities. This payment includes the cumulative R$5000.00 sums per household, to be paid in a lump sum; R$12 000.00 per adult, paid in 12 monthly installments; R$3600.00 per dependent residing at the same address, also paid in 12 monthly installments; plus a basket of staples from the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) per family, every month, for 12 months; all without prejudice to future compensation or indemnities, to be evaluated individually.
  • Reimbursement or direct payment of the extraordinary expenses incurred by the State of Minas Gerais – by both directly involved and indirect administrative agencies – including payment of expenses related to transport, accommodation and meals supplied to the civil servants involved in the rescue work and other emergency actions.
  • Ratification of the various obligations already undertaken by Vale before public authorities and the affected communities, such as provision of housing, social and psychological assistance; supply of water for human and animal consumption and agricultural activities; rescue and protection of animals; among other commitments.
  • Continuing the ongoing emergency measures for mitigating and repairing the environmental damage resulting from the breach, including containment and subsequent handling of waste, surveillance of the remaining structures of the Córrego do Feijão mine, and ongoing monitoring of the quality of water.

The proposal reinforces Vale's commitment to repair the damages caused by the Dam I breach. The company will continue all efforts to ensure that this repair occurs quickly, with isonomy and adequately.

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