Establishing an international standard for the safer management of tailings storage facilities
Global Tailings Review
The catastrophic failure of a tailings storage facility at Vale’s Corrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho, Brazil, on 25 January 2019 is a human and environmental tragedy. When the dam collapsed, shortly after noon, 11.7 million cubic meters of mining waste surged through the mine site towards the local town and countryside below, resulting in over five miles of destruction. As of 9 September 2019, 248 people are confirmed dead, and 22 are missing. This is a stark reminder that, while the mining and metals industry has come a long way in improving how it operates, there’s still much more that can be done to safeguard lives, improve performance and demonstrate transparency.
The Global Tailings Review is now consulting on a new draft Global Tailings Standard that aims to prevent catastrophic failures by creating a step change for the industry in the safety and security of tailings facilities.