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The ins and outs of tailings dams - Mining Mirror Online

A tailings dam is the physical structure that holds, or impounds, the tailings pond, which serves the dual role of containing the fine material and recycling the water to be reused in processing. The tailings are piped out in slurry form to the pond, where solids settle to the bottom and the water on top is pumped via a reclamation barge back ...

Tailings.info What Are Tailings? - Their nature and production

The disposal of tailings is commonly identified as the single most important source of environmental impact for many mining operations (Vick 1990). This is not surprising when considering that the volume of tailings requiring storage can often exceed the in-situ …

Preventing Mine Tailings Disasters - Earthworks

The following year, in Brazil the Samarco Mine's tailings dam failed catastrophically, killing 19 people downstream and sending mine waste over 600 km down the Rio Doce river to the Atlantic Ocean. When submitting permitting documents, the mining company that owned the Samarco mine, a joint venture between Brazilian mining giant Vale and BHP ...

Assessing Risks of Mine Tailing Dam Failures

environment, and the mining companies need to be better assessed and disclosed. This paper reviews historical tailings dam failures, failure mechanisms, and current design and risk assessment practices. Risk analyses for tailing impoundments are still largely …

Alternatives to tailing dams? : mining

Regulators are trying to allow a mining company to operate while satisfying the public about the perception of the operation, which sometimes leads to decisions to allow things like a tailings dam raise rather than an expansion (a higher dam rather than a larger footprint), or to build a new dam on a flat surface away from existing waterways ...

Managing tailings from mining operations

The appropriate and responsible management of tailings and tailings storage facilities in South Australia is focused on ensuring safe, stable and economic storage of the mineral wastes produced by mining operations during the mining and processing of mineral ores.

Global Mining Guidelines Group | Tailings

Following the catastrophic tailings dam failure at the Córrego do Feijão mining facility in Brumadinho, Minas Gerias, Brazil, which led to the loss of over 245 lives, and 25 missing people (as of May 2019), a group of institutional investors (now representing more than $13 trillion assets under management) have written to 726 extractive ...

How to generate value from tailings with reprocessing to ...

Whether driven by regulatory compliances, tailings dam failure and water scarcity, mine tailings can well become a strong business case in the near future. Due to growing mining volumes, global tailings generation was estimated to total ~3.2 bn …

Long-term Risk of Tailings Dam Failure (U.S. National Park ...

Large tailings dams, which are built to contain mining waste and are among the largest dams and structures in the world, must stand in perpetuity. Experience shows that a catastrophic release of tailings can lead to long-term environmental damage with huge cleanup costs. The failure rate of tailings dams is also significantly higher than that ...

Tailings dam - Wikipedia

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Tailings Guide - The Mining Association of Canada

A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities (the Tailings Guide) is designed to be applied by MAC members and non-MAC members alike, anywhere in the world. The Tailings Guide provides guidance on responsible tailings management, helps companies develop and implement site-specific tailings management systems, and improves consistency of application of engineering and management …

tailings dam monitoring, mine safety, dam safety, mining

As tailings dams are built to last forever – mine waste needs to be stored permanently – preventing catastrophic failure requires a comprehensive monitoring program. There is a vast range of technology available to help mining companies ensure their tailings facilities are secure – and, in the event of an issue – that they receive ample advanced warning to allow for corrective action.

Tailings Dam Operator Trainee job with Freeport-McMoRan ...

Tailings Dam Operator Trainee job in Green Valley, Arizona, US with Freeport-McMoRan. Apply Today. Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.

Technical Report: Design and Evaluation of Tailings Dams ...

engineering design of tailings dams in other mining industry sectors, for both stability and environmental performance. For instance, experience gained with leach pad liners is being transferred to linings for tailings ponds, and the use of synthetic lining materials is growing (although use of liners is still far from being the industry norm).

Dams and tailings management | Newcrest

Newcrest publishes its tailings facility details in the Global Tailings Portal database allowing investors and stakeholders to review tailing facilities, the impact of climate change and the extreme weather events on dam stability. As a responsible mining company and member of the ICMM, Newcrest Mining is committed to implementing GISTM.

Mine tailings dam failures major cause of environmental ...

340+ people have died since 2008, communities have been ravaged, rivers contaminated, drinking water polluted, and fisheries ruined by mining tailings dam …

GUIDELINES ON TAILINGS DAMS - Project Update

1.2 Tailings Dam v's Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) 1 1.3 Past Lessons Learnt 1 1.4 Sustainable Use of Dams for Tailings Storage 2 1.5 The need for these Guidelines 2 1.6 Australian Regulations and Guidelines 3 1.7 Consultations 4 1.8 Procedure for Tailings Dam Life Cycle Management 4 1.9 Definitions 6 2.0 Key Management Considerations 9

Public database of mine tailings storage facilities ...

"Tailing dams are getting bigger and bigger. Mining companies have found most of the highest-grade ores and are now mining lower-grade ones, which create more waste. With this information, the ...

Vale says it continues to upgrade its tailings dams in ...

If Vale's mining operations in the Sudbury basin were to end one day, the company would be required to inspect and maintain its tailings dams "in perpetuity", Puro said.

Land preferred for tailings dam – The National

I have been in the mining industry for a while dealing with tailings handling and storage. It is a very cheap option for the investors to dump tailings into the river or the sea than to build a tailings storage facility and manage it. Other excuses they provide for not building a tailings dam is all bulls**t.

The dangers of tailing dams on the planet - Clean Mining

November 25, 2019. Perched alongside thousands of mining operations around the world are tailing dams – vast reservoirs that store a toxic sludge of mining by-products, including water, rock particles and chemicals like cyanide and mercury. There are an estimated 3,500 active tailings dams currently in existence globally and some of these ...

Tailings Dams – A Threat to the Environment - Clean …

Tailings Dams – A Threat to the Environment. March 17, 2021. Tailings and tailings dams are part and parcel of the gold mining industry since time immemorial. Tailings are the waste products from mining after the valuable minerals …

Tailing Disposal Methods and Tailings Dam Construction Design

Tailings Dam Construction Design. of slime is likely to slide and cause the dam to break away. The procedure usually adopted in such cases is to separate the tailing into coarse sand and fines in a classifier, and to use the coarse product to build up the wall ; the remainder of the pulp is discharged into the interior of the dam.

Tailing Dam - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics

16.2.1 Tailings Dams. The design, construction, and operation of tailings dams is a major consideration for most new mining projects, as well as for many existing operations ( Vick, 1984 ). It is economically advantageous to site the impoundment close to …

Tailings and Mine Waste Conference Series – Geotechnical ...

Keynote Speakers In addition to the technical program, #TMW20 featured expert keynote speakers including: Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, and Dr. David Williams, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Queensland : Thank you to everyone that was registered and attended Tailings and Mine Waste 2020.

Tailings - Wikipedia

Tailing ponds are areas of refused mining tailings where the waterborne refuse material is pumped into a pond to allow the sedimentation (meaning separation) of solids from the water. The pond is generally impounded with a dam, and known as tailings impoundments or tailings dams.

A guide to tailings dam monitoring - Inmarsat

Mining organisations are hastening to implement more efficient methods of tailings dam monitoring, seeking to achieve greater visibility of conditions across their sites. This will become increasingly pressing with governments and regulators intensifying their scrutiny of the current standards.

What are tailings dams? | IndustriALL

Tailings dams are used to store water and waste that come as by products from the mining process. It is estimated there are at least 3,500 tailings dams around the world. But as there are around 30,000 industrial mines, the number of tailings dams is likely to be much higher. Tailings dams can be huge in size, as big as lakes, and reach 300 ...

A global look at high-risk tailings dams

Almost 700 of these dams are classified as high risk. There are more than 1,700 dams holding mine waste all over the world, as reported to the Church of England. The looming risk of tailings dams

Global Tailings Portal

The Global Tailings Portal, launched in January 2020, is a free, searchable database with detailed information on more than 1,800 mine tailings dams around the world. It enables users to sort data about tailings dams by location, company, dam type, height, volume, and risk, among other factors. The data was submitted by more than 100 of the ...