SÃO PAULO The
federal labor prosecution in Brazils Maranhão
state has initiated a public civil action asking diversified
mining giant Vale SA to pay 37.8 million reais ($19.2 million)
in compensation for what the agency claims were violations of
environmental and work safety standards.
Under the action, the Brazilian
miner would be ordered to comply with 38 requests and to pay
further fines of 200,000 reais ($102,248) for each breach of
compliance, the agency said late last week.
Prosecutors Anya Gadelha, Maurel
Selares and Christiane Nogueira noted that the Rio de
Janeiro-based company has been the subject of investigations
over workplace irregularities since 2007 and that the
prosecution has already filed six civil inquiries against
Prosecutors cited as an example
of irregularities an April 2010 accident at Vales Pier
III terminal at Ponta da Madeira port in the city of São
Luís. Two workers died and five were injured in the
Vale said that it has already
presented "all the arguments and documents" against the public
civil action filed by the agency, showing that it complies with
health and safety rules within the work environment and adopts
practices to eliminate accidents.
"Vale prioritizes the health and
safety of its employees and workers," the company told
AMM sister publication Steel First Feb.
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was first published by AMM sister publication Steel