Help Prevent the Next Massive Mine Waste Disaster

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Brazil mine waste spill

Earthworks

Another year, another massive mine waste dam failure, this time in Brazil.

It unleashed enough toxic sludge to bury the nearby town of Bento Rodrigues before contaminating the Rio Doce river and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.

In response, the industry trade organization ICMM (International Council on Mining and Metals) is reviewing its standards, and the existing mine waste dams of its member companies — some of the largest in the world.

This review can go two ways — either a public relations ploy, or a chance to make real, robust recommendations that are binding on their members.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the ICMM to protect clean water, wildlife, and public health and safety — make higher mine waste disposal standards mandatory for its members!

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