January 28, 2019 / 2:56 PM / 10 months ago

Brazil's environment minister Salles says new mining dams regulation needed

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles attends a conference on indigenous rights organized by the prosecutor's office in Brasilia, Brazil January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Brazilian mining industry needs to replace wet trailings dams for dry mining technology wherever possible, environment minister Ricardo Salles told TV station Globonews in an interview on Monday.

The minister said the government will discuss new regulation for mining dams after the second devastating accident in less than four years in the state of Minas Gerais.

Reporting by Marta Nogueira; Writing by Tatiana Bautzer

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