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Brazil: CSN iron ore terminals halted over environmental violations

Published by MAC on 2021-04-21
Source: Port News, Reuters

Local government accused Tecar and Sepetiba Tecon of dumping mining waste in the Sepetiba Bay.

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) operates two terminals at the Port of Itaguaí, in Rio de Janeiro: the bulk solids terminal Tecar and the container terminal Sepetiba Tecon. Tecar has the capacity to export 45 million mt/year of iron ore and it is where coke and coal used in the steelmaking process arrive. Sepetiba Tecon is a load hub port, the largest container terminal in Rio de Janeiro and one of the largest in Brazil.

The Municipality of Itaguaí, where the port is located, fined CSN and a subsidiary for allegedly dumping into the ocean industrial wastes generated by the production of iron ore.

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Brazil CSN iron ore, container terminals operations halted by local authorities

Port News https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/brazil-csn-iron-ore-container-terminals-operations-halted-by-local-authorities/

18/04/2021

Brazil’s Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional had its iron ore and the container port terminals operations halted April 16 after the local authority levied a fine on the company for alleged “various environmental irregularities.”

The city of Itaguai fined CSN and its mining subsidiary for allegedly without adequate monitoring.

Moreover, the city said CSN operated with an environmental license that expired nine years ago.

The company said in a statement that “all environmental licenses for their port operations in Itaguaí are in force and that they operate under the best environmental practices.”

CSN operates two terminals at the Port of Itaguaí, in Rio de Janeiro: the bulk solids terminal (Tecar) and the container terminal (Sepetiba Tecon).

Tecar has the capacity to export 45 million mt/year of iron ore and it is where coke and coal used in the steelmaking process arrive. Sepetiba Tecon is a load hub port, the largest container terminal in Rio de Janeiro and one of the largest in Brazil.

CSN, through its subsidiary CSN Mineração, is Brazil’s second-largest iron ore exporter after Vale.

According to CSN, its advisors are currently taking notice of the alleged infractions “and taking all necessary measures to maintain the operations.”

It’s yet unknown how long the port closure may last and how much it will impact its export and import volumes.


Brazil iron ore miner CSN fined and port closed over alleged violations

Marcelo Rochabrun

Reuters https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/brazil-iron-ore-miner-csn-fined-and-port-closed-over-alleged-violations-2021-04-16

Apr 16, 2021

SAO PAULO, April 16 (Reuters) - Brazil iron ore producer CSN said it was surprised by the sudden closure of one of its main export ports in Rio de Janeiro state after the local authority levied a fine on the company for alleged violations of environmental regulations.

The city of Itaguai, where the port is located, on Friday fined CSN and a subsidiary 5.4 million reais ($952,515) for allegedly dumping industrial waste created during the production of iron ore indirectly into the ocean without adequate monitoring.

It also temporarily closed the port, an important export facility for CSN.

The company said it needed to look at the alleged infractions in more detail. Neither CSN nor the city said how long the port closure may last.

(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun Editing by David Holmes)

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