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2 Aug 2019

Tüv Süd responds to allegations it is failing to cooperate with investigators looking into Brazil dam collapse

A prosecutor and lawmaker looking into the Brumadinho dam collapse have alleged Tüv Süd is failing to co-operate with their inquiries. Tüv Süd had approved the dam before it burst on 25 January 2019 killing over 245 people. As reported by the BBC, investigators have now said there is evidence to suggest Tüv Süd certified the structure as safe despite knowing it was vulnerable to collapse.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) invited Tüv Süd to respond to the allegations. Tüv Süd responded saying it "has repeatedly offered, and continues to offer, its cooperation to the responsible authorities in the context of the ongoing investigations." The full statement is available below. In March 2019, Tüv Süd had told BHRRC that "after the dam breach in Brumadinho, [it] started an independent investigation into the case and offered its full cooperation to the authorities to clarify the circumstances of the collapse of the structure" (our translation; available here).