‘Sense of Dread’: How a Mining Disaster in Brazil Raised Alarms in Minnesota

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    abu afak ALLAH SNACKBAR!

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    No coincidence it's in Embarrass, Minnesota.
    The USA, especially under De-Regulation Trumpov, is going backwards on environmental issues/dangers.

    ‘Sense of Dread’: How a Mining Disaster in Brazil Raised Alarms in Minnesota
    Mine-waste dams around the world have drawn new scrutiny after a collapse in Brazil this year killed hundreds
    Oct 14, 2019,
    ‘Sense of Dread’: How a Mining Disaster in Brazil Raised Alarms in Minnesota

    EMBARRASS, Minn.—An earthen dam is set to rise behind the trees of Dan Ehman’s 120 woodland acres in northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range, a region with close ties to mining for more than a century.

    The planned dam, designed to hold back hundreds of millions of tons of mining waste, will be similar in structure and height—soaring 250 feet above Mr. Ehman’s century-old log cabin—to one in Brazil that burst in January, killing 270 in a tsunami of sludge.

    That disaster, the deadliest of its type in half a century, has upended the global mining industry. The world’s biggest mining giants have spent months and millions of dollars re-evaluating their dams. Institutional investors are scrubbing their portfolios, looking for companies with risky structures—and helping to publicize potential stability issues. And environmentalists are getting new support from residents, some of whom are learning for the first time about the potential dangers of the dams in their communities.

    The U.S. remains one of the countries where the type of dam used in the Brazil disaster, known as an upstream design, is still being built."........"..."​


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    I don't suppose you know of where this story could be read that isn't behind a data mining paywall?

    Otherwise. . meh.
     
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    As long as our standards are not at Brazil's level for ANYTHING we should be fine.
     
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    Didn't even read the OP didja.
     
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    I had the same concern. Here's a detailed story in MinnPost covering it.

    Video of the Brumadinho dam burst



    Waste from the burst dam emptying into the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles downstream:

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    I did...design does not necessarily indicate failure...designed combined with poor regulatory conditions may very well though. Brazil is a second world nation whose standards are hardly first world.
    The article is attempting to draw a logical fallacy. We are not Brazil.
     
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    And Brazil is not a mining company. DUH. Hate to be the one to break startling news but gravity works the same way in the northern hemisphere as it does in the southern.
     
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    Mining is dangerous ... who knew? ...

    Nitpick: second world nations were those aligned with the Soviets and China during the Cold War ... you mean third world nation who wasn't align with either side ...
     

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