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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. 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

Overall Tailings Containment Structures

The tailings containment system works have been completed. With this, the goal to avoid tailings remaining from the Fundão Dam collapse carriage into the environment is being achieved. Water monitoring at impacted areas show a substantial reduction on turbidity levels, with numbers under the legal limit established by Brazilian authorities.

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


The Fundão tailings dam investigation


Interactive progress map of work conducted by the Renova Foundation


Renova Foundation

Fundacao 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.

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