Repair Report

Balanço da Reparação

Repair Report

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Repair Report

Since the Dam I (B1) breach in Brumadinho, we have taken several measures to mitigate, repair, and re-signify the communities and the lives of those affected.

On this page, you will see that we are safely moving forward with the Reparation activities through an ongoing dialogue with those affected and committed to repairing the damage caused, quickly and fairly. Since emergency works and other activities cannot be interrupted, our employees on site are performing their tasks according to all safety protocols recommended by the health agencies and with the municipal, state and federal decrees regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

We continue monitoring the Paraopeba river basin and our findings show that the river is already showing signs of recovery. All the work we are doing – from compensation and assistance to people to environmental recovery, in addition to our commitment to the social and economic development of Brumadinho and the Paraopeba river basin – is almost nothing compared to the suffering of these families. This feeling plays an integral role in every decision we make.

We present projects and programs that will guide us, in the coming years, towards the construction of the future. We are committed to providing the required resources so that people affected can choose the best path.

- Marcelo Klein
Recovery and Development director

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- September, 2020

Comprehensive Repair Plan

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The Comprehensive Repair Plan for Brumadinho and the Paraopeba river channel was formulated on independent studies commissioned from renowned professionals and institutions specializing in public management, environmental recovery and preservation. It was also based on policies for the defense of human rights, mental health, and psychological and social support. All studies involved active listening in the affected territories and government engagement.

The Comprehensive Repair Plan (PRI) comprises initiatives and structural projects to steer the affected region toward sustainable development, ultimately promoting lasting transformations that will benefit the affected community.

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Socioeconomics

  • Humanitarian Assistance and Indemnities
  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Income and Employment
  • Agriculture and Livestock Farming
  • Land Tenure
  • Community Relations
  • Sustainable Development
  • Culture
  • Full Support Program for Affected People

Environment

  • Biotic Environment
  • Physical Environment
  • Support to Structure Decommissioning Activities

Infrastructure and Institutional Management

  • Architecture and Urban Design
  • Infrastructure and Sanitation
  • Territorial Redefinition

Progress of Initiatives in the First Half of 2020

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From a social and economic standpoint, the initiatives aim at recovering the productive capacity of Brumadinho. The study titled ‘Strategy for Transformation of Brumadinho,’ developed by the National Institute of Science and Technology for Public Policies, Strategies and Development (INCT) and the National Institute for Public Policies and Territory Development (INPuT), is one of the external diagnoses underpinning the Comprehensive Repair Plan and points out ways to promote the economic diversification of the municipality while reducing its dependence on mining and creating tools to support a transformation of the local reality. Such change depends on interconnected and integrated initiatives that will develop the territory as a whole and create a legacy of sustainable development for the city of Brumadinho.


is the manager of Associação Pastorinhas, an NGO led by women within the Valorizar Brumadinho Program. The association seeks to align generation of income and environmental preservation and “is now looking for resources that will enable the Pastorinhas association – which is currently supported by family farming activities – to walk on its own feet,” said Elisa. “Environmental preservation and professional training are two avenues for generating income and promoting better quality of life for the community,” she added.

The recovery of the Paraopeba river and its biodiversity is one of the most important propositions of our work. We have short, medium, and long-term measures underway. In 2019, we implemented a series of measures that prevented sediment from flowing into the river and contained the tailings. After containing the tailings and avoiding contamination of the river, we installed two river water treatment plants (ETAFs, Estações de Tratamento de Água Fluvial) that, by July 2020, returned more than 17 billion liters of water to the river – on average five times cleaner than the limit established by the National Council for the Environment (Conama, Conselho Nacional de Meio Ambiente).


Several studies are being carried out to assess the health of the Paraopeba river. And to meet the demands of the producers who depended on the river for carrying out their activities, Vale continues to distribute drinking water to the population through an initiative launched in January 2019 and which will be carried on until the collection from the river is authorized.


Alexandre Souza Cruz, a producer of milk and mozzarella cheese, plans to plant corn soon in his property that stretches ten kilometers along the riverbank. “So far, I haven’t run out of water. In addition to the water truck sent at the beginning, Vale provided me two water tanks, three water fountains for the animals, and made improvements in my water supply structure. All that to facilitate access to water,” he said.


The implementation of initiatives to improve the quality of life and collective well-being is one of the many work fronts in the process of compensating for the impacts of the B1 dam breach. Defined through active listening of the communities and a partnership with government, these works are primarily focused on urban infrastructure and public facilities.


Some social works have already been completed, such as the Family Health Center and the Day Care Center in Parque da Cachoeira. One of the worst-affected neighborhoods in Brumadinho, Parque da Cachoeira will receive the two structures as social compensation and a way to provide more quality of life and well-being for the residents of the community.


Ingrid Cristina Rodrigues Vaz, a resident who visited the daycare center and has two young daughters, was pleased to see the spacious, colorful space and the attention to safety. “I looked around the nursery and saw that the plugs were installed at a proper height, it’s all very safe, no children will escape. I find it nice and spacious. I think it’s perfect, children like to play, the more colorful the better for them.”


Vale has been working to restore normal life for the population removed from Barão de Cocais, Macacos, Itabirito, Ouro Preto, and Conselheiro Lafaieite. After protecting communities with preventive reallocations or emergency evacuations and providing all necessary assistance, we continue to spare no efforts to improve the living conditions of those affected.


We use channels for active listening and ongoing dialogue with the families, through which they can learn about, express their opinion and validate the key compensation initiatives of the Development Plan for Affected Territories, whose focus is the social well-being and economic sustainability of the municipalities. This way, we are gradually creating positive legacies that have been agreed by those who really matter.


According to Carlos Adão, a member of the Participatory Committee of the Compensation & Development Plan for Barão de Cocais, “getting the community involved in this construction process was an excellent idea. It has been a valuable learning experience. The idea is to create a great legacy for the population.”


Fight Against COVID-19

To help the Government of Minas Gerais in fight against the coronavirus, we negotiated an advance payment of R$ 500 million from the final agreement to repair the effects of the Brumadinho breach – still under discussion. The funds are already being used to curb the coronavirus pandemic growth. Other initiatives were carried out:

  • Donation of 7,200 personal hygiene kits and more than 32,000 liters of cleaning items to fight the pandemic in 14 state prisons.
  • R$ 10 million for the expansion of care wards at Hospital Eduardo de Menezes and Hospital da Baleia, in Belo Horizonte.
  • 924,000 protective equipment (masks, gloves, and vests) and 55,000 rapid test kits donated to 10 hospitals in Minas Gerais.
  • Provision of three ambulances equipped with Intensive Care Units (ICU) for the City of Mariana.
  • Provision of five air-conditioned containers with stretchers for Santa Casa de Ouro Preto.
  • R$ 3 million invested in 15 small clothing companies, uniform factories, and social projects in seven municipalities for production of fabric masks.
  • “Masks for Everyone” Project: More than 40 seamstresses from Brumadinho worked in the project to produce 30,000 reusable masks. In addition to the extra income, the professionals received technical and legal advice on formalizing their activity as individual microentrepreneurs (MEI, Microempreendedor Individual).

In addition to supporting the State, our efforts to repair the impacts of the B1 dam breach were also adjusted to our new reality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the management team and those at risk of developing the most severe form of COVID-19 have been working from home since March.

We continued the activities considered essential with a reduced number of workers in strict compliance with the applicable rules to protect professionals and communities.

Follow Vale’s main response measures since the dam breach

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June

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Vale released the Comprehensive Repair Plan (PRI, Plano de Reparação Integral), our public commitment to implement the measures set forth in legal agreements with public authorities, governments, institutions, and society. There are several initiatives underway for the environment, social development, infrastructure, local support, and COVID-19. This year’s initiatives are focused on structural and long-term deliveries and lasting transformations for the population.

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January

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Vale's focus in Brumadinho is and will always be the assistance to people. The company has reserved R$ 24.1 billion for reparation actions and indemnities due to the breach. This budget is intended for payment of indemnities, environmental interventions, social and economic projects, support to governmental measures and de-characterization of upstream dams in Minas Gerais.

December

Imagem de equipamentos para limpeza do Rio Paraopeba

In the past month, Vale completed the de-characterization works of the first of the nine upstream dams as announced in January 29.  The company also highlights the actions and results aimed at the recovery of the Paraopeba River: more than 3 billion liters of clean water has returned to the river. In addition, works and initiatives are being undertaken to address and ensure water supply in the impacted areas.

November

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Until this month, Vale has signed more than 4,000 agreements, fully indemnifying people. Resources exceeding R$ 2 billion have already been allocated in these compensation actions. Besides compensation and donations, Vale has also structured the Comprehensive Assistance Program for Affected People. The project offers financial planning and education, support for the purchase of real estate, technical assistance to rural activities, microentrepreneurs, and income supplement activities, in addition to social monitoring.

October

Since January 2019, the company has allocated more than R $ 2.3 billion for reparation and compensation actions. In recognition of the work of the corporations in Brumadinho, Vale also concluded this month the donation of 77 operating vehicles to public security agencies of Minas Gerais. Until October 23, the River Water Treatment Plant has returned over 1,9 billion lters of clean water to the Paraopeba river, according to the Conama standards.

September

After eight months, more than 107,000 people are receiving emergency compensation. In total, 127 domestic animals under company´s care have already been returned to their owners or adopted in fairs promoted by Vale. An investment of R$ 7.1 billion is ongoing to decharacterize dams. Vale continues to monitor the Paraopeba river

August

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In August, the highlight is the construction of a new road access from Córrego do Feijão to Alberto Flores Avenue, connecting the community to the Brumadinho Center. Access will be paved and will allow safer local and transit vehicle traffic to be restored. To date, more than 106,000 people are already receiving emergency compensation on a regular basis and 575 animals out of 702 rescued are still under Vale's care.

July

Up to July, 171 individual indemnities were paid and Vale will continue to evaluate cases of people affected who wish to apply for this right. Also this month, we concluded with the MPT of Minas Gerais one of the definitive agreement of indemnification for families of Vale employees and third-party workers affected. In the environmental area, 750 thousand cubic meters of material were removed and transported to an area authorized by competent bodies.

June

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Vale has worked with a total focus on repairing damage, with actions that include indemnities, donations to public agencies and impacted people, medical and psychological assistance, purchase of medications, among other services. In total, R$ 1.5 billion has been invested in environmental services, health materials, transportation and other logistical costs.

May

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Four months after the breach of the I Dam, more than 69 thousand residents have already received emergency compensation in 15 municipalities. Vale also signed an agreement with the Association of Mining Municipalities of Minas Gerais and Brazil (Amig) to make financial contributions totaling R $ 100 million. Structural works, humanitarian assistance actions and environmental monitoring are also being carried out. To know all the actions until then, read the Monthly Repair Report.

April

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In addition to caring for people, Vale takes actions related to the environment. Currently, there are 65 monitoring points along the rivers near the breached dam. Tailings samples are collected at 42 points near the dam and along the river. Five turbidity curtains are installed, and more than 300,000 water, soil, tailings, and sediment analyses have been made. Learn more about all the actions, read this month's report.

March

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Until this month, R$100,000 was donated to each of the 274 families of affected people in Brumadinho. In total, 10 hospitals and health centers, as well as five help centers, were made available to assist people affected in different cities. On March 15, Vale also established a contribution of R$20 million to the Fire Service of Minas Gerais, in recognition of the hard work done in Brumadinho. To learn more about these and other actions, read the Monthly Repair Report.

February

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This month, several expenditures were made to improve support for the affected communities. R$118 million was invested in medicines, water, equipment, and logistics costs. In addition, R$2.6 million was donated to the city of Brumadinho for the purchase of emergency equipment, hiring of health professionals, and supply of more than 12 million liters of water to 15 municipalities. Check out all our actions in the complete overview.

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Some of the main questions received by Vale are addressed in the Repair Report Vale maintains an open dialogue with the communities surrounding its operations. If your question regarding construction works, initiatives, terms used by the company or any other matter has not yet been answered, please contact our Service Center at 0800 031 0831.

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