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MEI Online: Environmental Issues: Latest News: October 30th 2002


:: Sustainable Tailings Management  

The UK-based Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) will play a major role in a European Commission-funded study aimed at developing new technologies and approaches to the sustainable management of mine tailings facilities. According to MIRO, the study will pay particular attention to the stability of tailings dams and slurries, the toxic and hazardous risks associated with tailings, and the authorisation and management procedure for tailings dams. The project will focus on critical factors controlling the stability of tailings dams, including failure mechanisms associated with water movement in and over bodies of fines - their early detection, measurement and their evaluation as risk factors.

The study will examine normal and impaired tailings dams, and assess various methods of non-destructive testing and monitoring. The study will also assess a range of preventative and remedial actions.

The ultimate aim of the project is to produce the TAILSAFE framework, consisting of a procedural manual covering both the procedures for design, and the material used in the construction of tailings dams and their management and regulation with a view to reducing risk.



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Gordon Riddler
Mineral Industry Research Organisation
Tel: +44 (0)113 300 2040
Fax: 300 2640

Mining Journal, Oct.25, 2002, p.293

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