The future of tailings storage facilities

Learning from mistakes – and successes – of the past is a key to required risk-management advances, reports Paul Harris

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An ICMM review is focusing on TSF standards, critical control strategies, governance and emergency preparedness

Tailings dam failures are mainstream news because of their scale and the environmental destruction – and potential loss of life – that can accompany them. The past couple of years have seen a couple of high-profile failures at Mount Polley in British Columbia, Canada, and Samarco in Brazil, but they are far from being isolated cases. So what is the industry really learning?

The failure...