The task force aims to establish and verify the facts and circumstances related to the rains of the 16th and 17th of February. Its main objectives are:
- Verify the effects of rain and the operational integrity of bauxite waste deposits, including the ability to treat and eliminate surplus water.
- Analyze and evaluate internal and external data and information related to a possible environmental impact on local communities.
- Propose improvements in systems, processes and / or organization for better short and long term operational support.
The task force will be led by Hydro's senior executive, Tom Roetjer, and managed by the Senior Manager of Health, Safety and Environment, Jan Arild Berget. The task force will report directly to Hydro's President and CEO, Svein Richard Brandtzæg.
“Our commitment to safe and sound operations is universal and absolute. We intend to evaluate all aspects of our operations at Hydro Alunorte in an open, transparent and in close dialogue with the competent authorities, ”said Brandtzæg.
After recent rains and as a result of reports of possible leaks and water contamination, the competent authorities inspected Hydro Alunorte and the surrounding areas. However, no evidence of leakage from the bauxite waste deposits was found.
“As always, our operations will comply with all relevant laws and regulations, as well as Hydro's high ethical standards and with due respect for the people and communities of which we are a part,” said Brandtzæg.
Hydro will continue to cooperate with all relevant authorities in an open and transparent manner, in order to facilitate future work and surveys.
To assist local communities affected by the floods , Hydro will contribute, together with municipal and state authorities, in the distribution of drinking water to the communities of Vila Nova, Burajuba and Bom Futuro.
Hydro Alunorte's operations are functioning normally. Hydro Alunorte is the largest alumina refinery in the world and employs approximately 2,000 people, the vast majority of whom were born in the state of Pará.