Lowering the risks of environmental incidents by an integrated approach of tailings ponds management

Symposium Rouyn-Noranda 2002
Abstract Tailings ponds represent an environmental risk that requires adequate management. Following the publication of A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities, in September 1998, members of the mining industry have put into practice the management elements of the Guide, thus continually improving operations. In February 2000, the mining industry indicated the need for more specific guidelines to safely operate tailings facilities. Within this framework, the Canadian Mining Association published, in the summer of 2002, A Guide to Preparing an Operation, Maintenance and Surveillance Manual for Tailings and Water Management Facilities.

Following the development of the Guide and its application at several mine sites, it would seem that the implementation of a Surveillance Manual for Tailings and Water Management Facilities would allow to:

Establish the responsibilities of the stakeholders
Ensure that operation criteria are applied
Implement the tailings disposal and water management plan
Meet environmental standards and requirements
Define a maintenance and follow-up program for the facilities
Identify risks and implement an emergency intervention plan
Show a due diligence operation.
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