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CDA Offers Assistance after Brazil Dam Disaster By Mary Lou Jay O n November 5, 2015, the Fundao iron ore tailings dam near the city of Mariana in the Minas Gerais, Brazil, failed suddenly. The collapse of the dam unleashed a 62-million cubic meter of river of toxic mud that killed 17 people, wiped out several villages and polluted the Rio Doce and the Atlantic Ocean. It was the largest tailings dam failure in the world; many news reports called it the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history. The Brazilian Senate, one of the two houses of its National Congress, was determined to prevent a recurrence of this tragedy. It launched an investigation into the failure of the dam, which was owned and operated by Samarco, a joint venture between Canadian Dam Association * Summer 2016 Australian BHP Billiton and Vale SA, a Brazilian mining company. The senators' search for mining dam experts led it to the CDA. "They knew that in Canada we do a lot of work related to tailings dams in particular, so they contacted the Canadian embassy which in turn contacted CDA," said Andy Small, senior geotechnical engineer with Amec Foster Wheeler. Small, who previously chaired CDA's mining dams committee, flew to Brazil in mid-March to share the association's insights and expertise. Two of Small's colleagues from Amec's Brazilian operations, Jose Mello and Don Hickson, provided help with his presentations and with his travel in Brazil. "On Tuesday morning, March 15th, Jose, Don and I met with a group of advisors to the Senate committee that is considering improvements to Brazil's dam safety policy and regulations," said Small. "Later that afternoon I participated in the Senate Committee hearing on dam safety. There were three Senators and 20 attendees." Small was one of four presenters. The others were representatives of the Brazilian Dam Committee (the country's equivalent of CDA); the Brazilian Association of Engineers and Architects; and the Brazilian Institute of Dam Research. "Their presentations focused on enforcement of the current laws; they have a national dam safety policy 47

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Dam Association Bulletin - Summer 2016

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NEW WEBSITE LEADS CDA RECENT NON-TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS
ICOLD NEWS
THE FRANKLIN FALLS DAM: DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND RESPONSE TO THE 1982 GAZA (NEW HAMPSHIRE) EARTHQUAKE
CDA CONFERENCE 2016
CDA OFFERS ASSISTANCE AFTER BRAZIL DAM DISASTER
DAM SAFETY REVIEWS TECHNICAL BULLETIN
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
NOTICE OF AGM
BUYERS’ GUIDE AND TRADE LIST
CALL FOR PAPERS
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