Brazil Dam Toxic Mud Reaches Atlantic Ocean Via Rio Doce Estuary

Pristine atlantic coast, Brazil. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A wave of toxic mud travelling down the Rio Doce river in Brazil from a collapsed dam has reached the Atlantic Ocean, amid concerns it will cause severe pollution.

The contaminated mud, tested by the water management authorities, was found to contain toxic substances like mercury, arsenic, chromium and manganese at levels exceeding human consumption levels…

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The spill contaminated a river basin and has been described by Brazil’s environment minister Izabella Teixeira as the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. Ms Teixeira estimated it would take 30 years to clean up the Doce basin after the mud smothered thousands of fish, turtles and other animals…

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