Brazilian court suspends bidding process for Belo Monte Dam

11:21, April 20, 2010      

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A Brazilian court on Monday issued an order to suspend Tuesday's public bidding process for the construction of the Belo Monte Dam.

The order, given by Federal Judge Antonio Carlos Almeida Campelo,foresees a 1 million reais (571,400 U.S. dollars) daily fine if the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) won't halt the bidding process.

It also stipulates that the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) should annul the environmental license granted for the dam. Moreover, it stipulates that granting a similar license is not allowed until the construction of the dam is decided on by the federal court.

In the 50-page document which suspends the bidding, the judge agrees with the argument of the district attorney's office saying that environmental laws were transgressed during the approval of the Belo Monte Dam's construction.

Among those transgressions, he stated, testimonies given in the public hearings about the dam's construction were not taken into consideration. The hearings took place when the dam's environmental impact was being analyzed.

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