TÜV SÜD AG (TÜV SÜD) welcomes the Brazilian government’s decisions on 18 February 2019 to reinforce safety in upstream tailing dams and / or to decommission these dams at the latest by 2021. We support the decision that safety standards must be increased and implemented in this transitory time. We believe that this is of paramount importance. However, there is heightened uncertainty as to whether the current system of DCEs (Declaração de Condição de Estabilidade da Barragem) provides a reliable declaration of the status of stability of the dams and can still be considered as appropriate to adequately protect against serious risks, in particular for human life and the environment caused by tailing dams. Considering these safety concerns, TÜV SÜD Bureau de Projectos e Consultoria LTDA has informed Vale that it is not in a position to issue any future DCE’s and reports until a thorough review of the system is completed. TÜV SÜD is offering its full cooperation and expertise to authorities and institutions.
With the support of its own and external experts, TÜV SÜD is investigating internal processes thoroughly, as well as potential root causes for the tragic dam collapse in Brumadinho. It would be absolutely unacceptable for TÜV SÜD if declarations were signed against better judgement. This would go against all the company’s rules and its philosophy.
Press-contact: Dr Thomas Oberst