Brazil Iron announces the creation of a communication channel to listen to Piatã communities

In a public hearing held on September 9, mining company Brazil Iron announced the creation of an ombudsman as a way of opening a communication channel with residents of the municipalities of Piatã and Abaíra, in Chapada Diamantina. The event was convened by the local prosecutor, Augusto César de Matos, to discuss the environmental impact of mining on the communities of Bocaina and Mocó. The hearing took place at the Educational Center of Bocaina, a rural area in the municipality of Piatã, with the presence of residents, social organizations, company representatives; the mayor of Piatã, Marcos Paulo, and the secretary for the environment, Syria Santos.

Attorney Augusto de Matos speaks alongside Brazil Iron lawyer Luiz Felipe Siqueira.

During the meeting, residents had the opportunity to report their complaints and demands regarding the operation of the mining company Brazil Iron, such as the dust caused by the detonation of rocks, the intense traffic of trucks and the supposed contamination of the soil and water. The company's logistics manager, Roberto Mann, recognized the need to improve dialogue with residents. The idea is to assess the demands of communities neighboring the mine and meet them within the company's possibilities. “The mining company is open to listening to demands and minimizing environmental impacts. We are here to listen, take into account and try to resolve it”, he declared. Brazil Iron's legal advisor, Luiz Felipe Siqueira, recognized the need to improve dialogue with residents.

Prosecutor Augusto de Matos cited the importance of the mining company having legal certainty to continue producing, noting that all the conditions for an operation to take place and, eventually, can be revised. Brazil Iron started work in 2011 in Piatã. Production was suspended in 2014 to carry out studies and research with the aim of expanding the mine's capacity. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the mining company returned to operation after defining a strategic plan.

Mayor Marcos Paulo, company managers Nayara Silva and André Alves and the Syria Santos environment secretary.

Roberto Mann highlighted the economic and social return that the company's operations have brought to the municipality of Piatã, such as the generation of 420 direct jobs and more than 2000 indirect jobs; revenue of R$20 million from Financial Compensation for Exploration of Mineral Resources (CFEM) for the city; and the implementation of social actions for the communities, such as nurse care at the Family Health Center (PSF), native seedling nurseries, photography and video workshop for young people and the Well-being and Health project, with nursing professionals , physical education and physiotherapy. André Alves, Brazil Iron's mine manager, spoke about the mining company's operating procedures, clarifying fears that there is no danger of landfill landslides, as mining is done dry, without a tailings dam, minimizing environmental impacts.

Brazil Iron performs the extraction of iron ore at the Mocó mine using the Experimental Mining Utilization Guide issued by the National Mining Agency (ANM), a federal agency, linked to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, based on processes No. 871.664/2016 No. 870.320/2015, and environmentally supported by two environmental authorizations, by ordinances of the Environment and Water Resources Institute (Inema), No. 18,685 and No. 18.686, of July 16, 2019. Nayara Silva, environmental manager of the company , refuted the accusation that Brazil Iron operates without environmental authorization. He stated that all the necessary environmental studies were carried out and that, after the end of the activity, the mining area will be rehabilitated with revegetation.