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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

Renova Foundation update

November 5th, 2017 was the second anniversary of the Samarco tragedy. Since it happened, BHP has been supporting the Renova Foundation and Samarco, to advance in the remediation, compensation and reconstruction programs. One of the most important factors for the remediation efforts, is to re-establish the communities impacted by the dam break, and prevent further impacts to the communities and environment. We invite you to watch this video that shows the progress made.

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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


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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