4 years: Mariana still fights for recovery

This month, the disaster caused by the disruption of the Fundão, from Samarco, in Mariana, completed four years and there is still much to be resolved: the fine for environmental crime of another 3 million was not paid, the environmental recovery is still delayed and the Doce River remains Polluted.

In protest, demonstrators even paralyzed the highway state ES-248, in Linhares, to claim water cleaning, indemnities and emergency aid for residents of the region.   

A study by the government of Minas Gerais and Renova – an entity responsible for mobilising the repair of damages, which Samarco, BHP Billiton and Vale are part – proved that the level of contamination of the region is still expressive. According to the report, "there is a health hazard populations exposed to contaminants defined through ingestion, inhalation or dermal absorption of surface soil particles and/or dust contaminated households."

In addition, the Doce River still has fishing prohibited by court decision. The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) released this year a study that proved that the concentration of mercury and lead in fish samples collected in the Doce River exceeded the amount of maximum tolerated intake.

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