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Company Response

Tüv Süd response

TÜV SÜD is deeply saddened by the tragic dam breach in Brumadinho on 25 January 2019.

TÜV SÜD is very much interested in clarifying the facts of the dam breach. That is why, TÜV SÜD, together with an in international expert group, is working intensively on determining the circumstances of the dam breach.

The company has repeatedly offered, and continues to offer, its cooperation to the responsible authorities in the context of the ongoing investigations.

TÜV SÜD Brazil employees provided the Minas Gerais public prosecutor's office with detailed information during the official investigations.

The Declaration of Stability (DCE) was a description of the condition of the dam at the time it was sent to Vale. In its accompanying report, which was very comprehensive, TÜV SÜD described what had to be done to operate the dam and what was not. Among other things, drillings, use of heavy machinery and detonations were to be omitted. During the hearings of the inquiry committee of the Brazilian Senate (CPI) there were, however, statements that in the vicinity of the dam detonations supposedly had been carried out on the day of the dam breach.