Expert warns China's Three Gorges Dam in danger of collapse

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As torrential rains in China continue to wreak havoc on more than 24 provinces, notable Chinese hydrologist Wang Weiluo (王維洛) has questioned the safety of the massive Thre...

One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like she has so many other nights, Ana María Gomes is awakened by the cries of her husband and tries to calm him as he shouts for help from his mine coworkers. She convinces him ...

Brazil prosecutors to charge Vale, individuals over disaster

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais said Tuesday they will present charges against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals in connection w...

Vale-commissioned report says no warning before dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A company-commissioned study released Thursday on a deadly dam break in Brazil found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at l...

15 dead after Russian dam collapse floods dormitories

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency officials say at least 15 people are dead after a dam at a Siberian gold mine collapsed and water flooded two workers' dormitories. The Emergencies Mi...

Survivors sue German manager over fatal Brazil dam collapse

BERLIN (AP) — Five relatives of people killed in a devastating dam collapse in Brazil are suing a manager of Germany company TUeV Sued that was involved in inspecting the structure. ...

Court suspends key permits for planned Minnesota copper mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has handed environmental groups a victory by suspending two key permits for a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine ahead of a hearing next month. ...

UK town evacuated over fears of dam collapse

LONDON (AP) — British police have ordered the evacuation of a town of 6,500 residents in northwest England over fears that a dam could collapse. The Derbyshire Police force says resi...

Vale to pay families of workers killed in dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Union leaders say Brazilian mining giant Vale has agreed to pay a minimum of nearly $400,000 to each close family member of workers who died in the collapse of one of its dams th...

Brazil state prosecutors warn of possible mine dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The prosecutor's office for Brazil's Minas Gerais state is warning that a dam holding back mining waste could collapse in the next few days. In a recommendation...

Dam spillway faces 1st use since imperiling California towns

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water will rush down the rebuilt spillway at the nation's tallest dam for the first time since it crumbled two years ago and drove hundreds of thousands of California residents...

New dam collapse in Brazil; no casualties reported

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil has suffered another mining dam collapse, though this time there are no reports of dead or missing. The Rondonia state environment secretary says the dam...

UN expert: Outlook grim for victims of Laos dam collapse

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.N. expert on human rights says hundreds of people displaced by the collapse of a dam in Laos face bleak prospects for recovering their homes and livelihoods. Phili...

UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor

BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert is urging Laos to focus less on big, foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. ...

Many still missing 2 months after Brazil dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Firefighters in Brazil are still looking for 93 people who remain missing two months after a dam containing mining waste collapsed in the city of Brumadinho. Th...