SAMARCO SUED FOR DAM RUPTURE IN BRAZIL
A Brazilian federal judge agreed to hear an environmental criminal case brought against Samarco, a Brazilian mining company. In August of this year, the Fundao dam, which contained mining waste, broke, causing a large mudslide that killed 19 people and polluted a major river; it is perhaps Brazil’s largest environmental disaster. Prosecutors say the dam had been unsafe for several years, though Samarco denies knowledge of any risks to the dam’s integrity. A police report filed earlier this year accuses the company of willful misconduct for improperly designing and maintaining the dam; Samarco denies these charges. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-samarco-miner-charges-idUKKBN13D1KQ and http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37218145.