Intelligence Series - Mining & Metals

Mine tailings in Latin America: Business as usual not an option

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Intelligence Series Mining & Metals

The high-profile disaster at Vale’s Brumadinho operation in Brazil renewed concerns about the safety of tailings storage facilities, prompting a global tailings review convened by the UN Environment Programme, the International Council on Mining and Metals and the Principles for Responsible Investment. A mandatory international standard is expected to be ready to implement by end-2019.

Figure - Increasing severity and frecuency of tailings storage facility failures

Table of contents

  • Introduction: Failures of Tailings Storage Facilities Forecast to Rise
  • TSF Failures in Latin America: Safety Now a Priority
  • Root Causes of TSF Failure: Economic Viability a Key Safety Barometer
  • Conclusion

Companies and projects related to this report

  • BHP
  • ICMM
  • Mineração Vale Verde Ltda.
  • Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile
  • Samarco Mineração S.A.
  • Vale S.A.
  • Rio Tinto plc


Greta Bourke

Michael Place

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