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Mining Law: In Search of Sustainable Mining

Department of Development and Environment, Ministro Petrônio Portella Campus, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, Piauí 64049-550, Brazil
Department of Law, Dirceu Arcoverde Campus, Federal Institute of Piauí, Teresina, Piauí 64053-120, Brazil
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 867;
Received: 17 November 2020 / Revised: 23 December 2020 / Accepted: 12 January 2021 / Published: 16 January 2021
Mining is an activity that generates inputs to different production chains, making it essential for any country’s development. However, it causes environmental, economic, and social impacts that must be considered. The Mining Law provides guidelines, through laws and regulations, so the activity can be carried out in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable way. In this paper, an analysis was conducted of the application of some peculiar characteristics of Brazilian Mining Law (locational rigidity, priority granting, among others) according to the parameters established in the Federal Constitution, in the Mining Code and its updates, and in the National Department of Mineral Production, Environment Ministry, and Mines and Energy Ministry normative acts. Moreover, the Superior Court of Justice Jurisprudence was analyzed to understand how the Mining Law is applied, in practice. It was verified that the Brazilian legislation is not perfect, but it has mechanisms to protect and benefit the miner, the society, and the environment. However, there are many shortcomings like the lack of speed in judging processes and the flaws in the applicability of some principles that compromise sustainability in the activity’s development, especially regarding the environmental and social liabilities left after mine closure. View Full-Text
Keywords: mineral sustainability; environmental legislation; mining law; environmental impacts; social impacts; social justice mineral sustainability; environmental legislation; mining law; environmental impacts; social impacts; social justice
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Monteiro, N.B.R.; Bezerra, A.K.L.; Moita Neto, J.M.; Silva, E.A.d. Mining Law: In Search of Sustainable Mining. Sustainability 2021, 13, 867.

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Monteiro NBR, Bezerra AKL, Moita Neto JM, Silva EAd. Mining Law: In Search of Sustainable Mining. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):867.

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Monteiro, Nathalie Barbosa Reis, Ana Keuly Luz Bezerra, José Machado Moita Neto, and Elaine Aparecida da Silva. 2021. "Mining Law: In Search of Sustainable Mining" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 867.

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