Tailings dams: we need to start 'failing forwards'

The mining industry’s ability to deal with tailings safely is once again being questioned. Carly Leonida speaks to four internationally recognised tailings experts about what could and should be done to achieve better design, management and closure practices for these facilities

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Central thickened discharge from risers at a mine in Western Australia

In the wake of a major tailings dam failure and, given the blanket nature of rather scathing coverage from the mainstream media, it is all too easy for those operating in the industry to take a