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.

After dedicating more than one year to urgent demands and immediate aspects of the people and regions affected, it is time for structural and long-term deliveries with lasting transformations that will effectively benefit the population.

This page offers a detailed description of the Repair Report, including an explanation about the Comprehensive Repair Plan, key long-term measures, infrastructure works, environmental initiatives, social and economic actions arising from an open dialogue with the government and the community, and support to the fight against COVID-19. We know that there is much to do still, but we are committed to doing so.

We have made substantial progress, we have worked tirelessly, and we have acknowledged our responsibility to restore Brumadinho and other affected territories, as society expects of us all.

- Marcelo Klein
Recovery and Development director

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- June, 2020

Comprehensive Repair Plan

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The Comprehensive Repair Plan (PRI, Plano de Reparação Integral) for Brumadinho and the Paraopeba river channel is our public commitment to implementing the measures set forth in legal agreements with public authorities, governments, public and private institutions, and society.

Independent studies were commissioned from renowned professionals and institutions specializing in public management, environmental recovery and preservation, policies for the defense of human rights, and mental health and psychological and social support. The results of all the studies developed in partnership with the government were incorporated and consolidated in the Comprehensive Repair Plan (PRI) for Brumadinho and the Paraopeba river channel.

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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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Psychological and Social Assistance for Communities
Status:

In progress

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To strengthen the municipal Primary Health Care network, Vale transferred funds to the city government of Brumadinho for the purchase of emergency equipment and hiring of healthcare and psychological and social assistance professionals. We also implemented the Health Cycle Program to support public management activities, strengthen community groups, and train professionals on the subject.

Implementation of the “Território-Parque” (Park Territory) urban redevelopment project
Status:

In progress

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After collecting the main demands of the community, we set on to implement an urban redevelopment project focused on improving the well-being and quality of life of residents. The project comprises initiatives to improve infrastructure, rebuild the economy, and develop local tourism.

Construction of a Memorial in honor of those deceased in Córrego do Feijão
Status:

Started

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One of the most important aspects of the repair process is the symbolism behind it – it represents our respect for the feelings and memories triggered in the affected people. All initiatives of the project are selected solely by the families with guidance from Avabrum, a representative association.

Economic Support for Communities
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Started

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To help people and companies restructure economically, Vale is taking measures focused on the sustainable development of these regions and on generating employment and income for their residents. These include the small business incubation program, social investments in informal organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities, and professional training projects.

Farmers receive support from “Agricultural Promotion Program”
Status:

Started

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The program initially covers the farmers of Brumadinho and Mário Campos affected by the breach; however, those in other cities along the Paraopeba river channel will also be able to join the initiative. Measures include expansion of knowledge and traceability and technical, organizational, and infrastructure improvements. The program also intends to further increase the farmers’ access to the retail chain in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte.

Revegetation and reclamation of the Ferro-Carvão stream channel
Status:

In progress

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The Marco Zero project aims to rehabilitate the Ferro-Carvão stream channel and restore vegetation with native plants from the region, thus enabling the recovery of the Paraopeba river.

Environmental Monitoring
Status:

In progress

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6.4 million water, soil and sediment analyzes have already been carried out. Water quality monitoring activities are key to identifying impacts and determining recovery strategies. All this work is being audited by relevant agencies. In addition to the Paraopeba river, Vale monitors ten of its tributaries, the São Francisco river, and the reservoirs of the Retiro Baixo and Três Marias plants.

Treatment and transfer of over 10 billion liters of water back to the Paraopeba river
Status:

In progress

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The water is treated in the two River Water Treatment Plants (ETAFs, Estações de Tratamento de Água Fluvial) built by Vale in the region. Another important measure consists of dredging tailings from the silted stretch of the river.

Risk Assessments
Status:

In progress

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Studies for assessment of ecological and human health risks will consider issues such as exposure to dust and water consumption in Brumadinho and 28 other municipalities.

Assistance and shelter for over 1000 animals
Status:

In progress

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The animals were rescued in the affected areas or voluntary handed over by their former owners. Check out the list of animals up for adoption at www.vale.com/melevapracasa

Investments in Water Security
Status:

In progress

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We are building a new water collection system in a clean stretch of the Paraopeba river to secure supply to the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte. In addition, we are developing a project that will interconnect the water supply systems in the Paraopeba river and Rio das Velhas, both controlled by Copasa. In Pará de Minas, the water supply will be resumed at the onset of operations of the new collection system built by Vale in the Pará river.

Social and Urban Infrastructure Works
Status:

In progress

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Based on the dialogue with communities and the government, we are investing in the construction of social facilities and urban infrastructure improvements, including maintenance and paving of roads and building of day care centers and the Family Health Center.

Solution for Riverside Communities and Rural Producers
Status:

In progress

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Installation of 250 high-performance filters to treat water from underground wells and supply for 10,000 people from 22 municipalities. We are also drilling 120 deep wells that will enable 70 rural producers to use the water for irrigation and animal consumption.

Barão de Cocais
  • Public hearing on the Compensation Plan attended by more than 1,200 residents, who suggested initiatives to improve living conditions, promote social well-being, and drive local economic sustainability.
  • Improvements in the health care system through donations of ambulances and equipment for hospital units.
  • Dredging of the São João river, a long overdue claim put in by the population of Barão de Cocais. The work is being carried out by the city government with funds provided by Vale, pursuant to the agreement signed between the parties.
  • Refurbishment of Escola Coronel Câncio, which offer early childhood education for more than 400 children, as agreed with the city’s school community.
Macacos
  • We launched the Urban Redevelopment Plan to meet the demands and needs of the region, underpinned by an ongoing dialogue with the community.
  • Construction of the Rubem Costa Lima Municipal School – capacity expanded from 190 to 400 students, from nursery to Grade-2 elementary school.
  • Revitalization of Capela São Sebastião (chapel) monitored by the parish community and the Nova Lima heritage committee.
  • Reopening of the Producers’ Fair, with 30 local exhibitors resuming activities from production and sale of sweets, homemade delicacies, handicrafts, and products of the countryside.
Itabirito
  • We set on to dredge the Itabirito river in response to a long overdue claim from the community The measure was decisive for containing the volume of water and preventing flooding during the torrential rains that devastated Minas Gerais in January this year.
  • The community committees formed by local leaders, school principals, and mothers and fathers of students decided to prioritize the refurbishments of the courts of the municipal schools José Estevão Braga and Padre Antônio Cândido, in Engenheiro Corrêa. Construction works are underway and expected to be completed by July 2020.
Ouro Preto
  • To commence the de-characterization of the Doutor dam, Vale had ensure the safety of 76 families living the Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS, Zona de Autossalvamento) and within 30 meters from the area, in the communities of Antônio Pereira and Vila Antônio Pereira. Residents were relocated to other properties outside the Self-Rescue Zone and received a financial donation from Vale to cover emergency expenses, in addition to a monthly aid amounting to one minimum wage per adult, 50% of the minimum wage per teenager, and ¼ for children.
Conselheiro Lafaiete
  • In March, after identifying the need to reevaluate a waste rock pile and consult a committee formed by parents, students, teachers, civil servants, and representatives of the city government, Education department, Civil Defense and Prosecution Office, we transferred the students from the Escola Municipal Meridional to a provisional school set up inside UNIPAC, with facilities fully adapted to the needs of 648 children and adolescents aged between 4 and 15.

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

Imagem de um pátio com diversos carros

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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