There are few topics more controversial or more likely to attract global media attention on the mining industry than the failure of a tailings storage facility (TSF). Recent failures of this kind have been reported by international media this year at the Mount Polley mine in Canada; Cananea in Mexico; Dan River Ash Pond in the US; and at Itabirito in Brazil.
While the blame for such events is often placed upon the engineers and consultants who designed and built the facility, the reasons for failure can often be traced back to poor operational practices or a lack of preparedness for a naturally occurring geological or climatic event.
This article from the December issue of Mining Magazine brings together comment on TSFs from the world’s leading mining and environmental consultancies. Romain Girard, Associate Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Golder, highlights the ‘need to know’ factors for picking the right site for a TSF, advice on how to avoid common pitfalls associated with the facility, and best practice for ensuring a businesses can maintain an economically sound and environmentally friendly TSF.
You can read the full article “Time for a review” here at Mining Magazine.