The importance of iron and the Mocó mine in Piatã-BA

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Iron ore, raw material for the manufacture of steel, the basis of several industries. Extracting materials rich in the chemical element iron found in rocks is essential to modern life. However, the ore is not easily found everywhere. In the region of Piatã and Abaíra, there is this important resource capable of generating employment, income and public resources from the payment of mining fees (CFEM), benefiting the local population.

In operation since 2011 in Piatã, Brazil Iron has 24 iron and manganese mining processes in the region. Production was suspended in 2014 to allow studies and research to be carried out 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.

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.

Environmental Authorizations (AA) are regulated by State Decree No. 14.024/2012, in its Art. 142-B, and are provisional until the ongoing mineral researches are concluded. Following the research process, Inema will receive the relevant environmental studies for the granting of the Operating License (LO), which will cover the entire operation of Mine Mocó until the Mine Closure Plan (PFM) is executed.