February 6, 2019 / 9:34 PM / 10 months ago

TÜV SÜD hires law firms to probe Vale dam disaster role

FILE PHOTO: A view of the Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - German inspection firm TÜV SÜD said on Wednesday that it had hired two external law firms to investigate its role in auditing a tailings dam run by Vale SA before it collapsed last month, killing an estimated 300 people.

TÜV SÜD said in an emailed statement that it had retained Pohlmann & Company and Hengeler Mueller for the independent probe, adding that it also planned to ask an “independent specialist” to assess technical questions about the disaster.

Reporting by Christian Plumb; Editing by Sandra Maler

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