Court orders Brazil’s Vale to report on mine dam stability

February 27, 2019
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, firefighters prepare a body to be lifted away by a helicopter, after pulling the dead person from the mud days after a dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil. The Minas Gerais state government said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 20, that blood and urine tests conducted on firefighters searching through muddy mine waste for missing people after a dam collapse show high levels of potentially toxic metals. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — A court on Wednesday ordered Brazilian mining company Vale SA to prove it is taking steps to prevent the collapse of dams like the one that unleashed a flood of muddy mining waste that killed hundreds in Minas Gerais state.

The court’s press office said the company will have five days to report on eight dams in Minas Gerais once it is formally notified of the order. It said the notification date had not been determined.

Vale will be fined the equivalent of $267,000 a day if it fails to deliver the dam stability reports within the five days, the court said.

A dam holding back iron ore tailings at a Vale mine burst Jan. 25 in the town of Brumadinho, killing at least 166 people. Almost 200 more are listed as missing.