Brazil court suspends Belo Monte dam operating license over sanitation

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 07, 2017 10:32 AM

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A federal court in Brazil suspended the operating license of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on environmental grounds, according to a statement late on Thursday from federal prosecutors in the state of Pará.

The dam's operating consortium Norte Energia SA, led by state-controlled energy group Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, or Eletrobras, must complete basic sanitation works in the city of Altamira before filling the dam's reservoir, the prosecutors said.

The sanitation work was a condition for Brazil environmental agency Ibama licensing the 11,233-megawatt Belo Monte dam, which has drawn controversy for its impact on the native communities along a tributary of the Amazon river.

Norte Energia SA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Luciano Costa; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)