Since the end of September, daily analyses of aluminum percentage in the treated water are being carried out in Governador Valadares (MG). The measure was recommended by the Public Prosecutor's Office of Minas Gerais (MPMG) and the Federal Court, on September 26th, and is expected to last 40 business days.
According to the first reports, the metal concentrations remain below 0.2 mg/L, maximum allowed by Ordinance No. 2.914/2011 of the Ministry of Health. The collections are performed by the Autonomous Service of Water and Sewer (SAAE) in five Water Treatment Plants (WTP), and monitored by the Renova Foundation and the laboratory indicated by MPMG. Also, weekly analyzes for treated water are also carried out, and the results are within the required parameters.
On August 4th, MPMG released through a press conference, the result of analysis by a laboratory hired by the agency, which indicated that the total aluminum concentration was above the limit provided in law. Samarco monitored the collection of water by representatives of MPMG, on July 5th, and the sample collected by the company was analyzed by Mérieux NutriSciences and Tommasi laboratories, both accredited by Inmetro. The results showed that there were no changes in the parameters of aluminum or heavy metals.
Foundation presents plan for rainy season
Renova Foundation filed, on the last 5th, with the Interfederative Committee (CIF), the Action Plan for the 2016/2017 rainy season. The document lists the preventive actions and contingencies designed to cope with the possible impact of the rains in the regions affected by the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam. More information on the plan will be published on the official website of the Foundation.
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The Renova Foundation’s mission is to implement and manage the repair, restoration and reconstruction programs of the regions affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam, located in the subdistrict of Bento Rodrigues, in Mariana, Minas Gerais.
The Renova Foundation’s role is to restore and reestablish communities and resources affected by the collapse as well as replace or compensate what is not subject to remediation, always in an efficient, reputable, transparent and ethical manner.