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Responding to the tragedy following the failure of the Fundão tailings dam at Samarco on 5 November 2015 is a priority for BHP. Fundação Renova (the Renova Foundation) was established to implement a set of remediation and compensation programs to address the impacts caused by Samarco’s Fundão Dam failure. Our team in Brazil are focused on doing everything they can to support the response efforts, repair and maintain existing dams, rebuild communities and restore the environment impacted by the dam failure.

BHP and Vale each holds a 50 per cent interest in Samarco.


Samarco updates

An update from Samarco

Three years after the failure of Samarco’s Fund?o Dam, our people in Brazil talk about the work that is being done on the ground to deliver proper remediation and compensation for impacted people and the environment. The work of the Renova Foundation has been impressive, but a lot remains to be done and BHP is committed for the long term to doing the right thing.

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IUCN to work with the Renova Foundation on the recovery of the Doce River basin


The Fund?o tailings dam investigation


Interactive progress map of work conducted by the Renova Foundation


Samarco updates

Since the dam failure in Nov 2015, all of Samarco′s operations have been suspended. For the company to be able to resume its operations, in a safe and sustainable manner, it still needs to secure two separate licenses: Alegria Sul Pit – a mining pit that will be used for tailings storage; and LOC (Corrective Operational License) that will relicense all of the Germano Complex.

Doce River
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