Sep 26, 2017

Brazil revokes decree opening Amazon reserve to mining

The Brazilian government has revoked a controversial decree that would have opened up a vast reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. From the moment President Michel Temer signed the decree in August opening the reserve to commercial mining, it was widely condemned. Following the criticism, the government revised the decree, prohibiting mining in conservation or indigenous areas. On Monday, the government decided to scrap the decree. "Brazil needs to grow and create jobs, attract mining investment, and even tap the economic potential of the region," said the Mines and Energy Ministry in a statement.

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