2019 has witnessed several tailings storage facility failures which have had catastrophic impacts on the environment, the community and it’s people.
Find out about these four TSF failures in 2019:
1. Nossa Senhora do Livramento – BrazilA 15 meter tall dam which had a stored volume of over 582,000 cubic meters, containing gold mining waste collapsed with material spreading up to 2km. The burst shut down power to the region and injured 2 people.
2. Cobriza Mine – San Pedro de Coris, PeruThe Cobriza Mine experienced a dam failure on July 10, 2019 due to lack of capacity in its tailings dam. It is believed that the tailings poured into the Mantaro River and deprecated 375,000kms with cyanide.
3. Córrego de Feijão Mine – Brumadinho, BrazilIn January 2019, a major dam failure released 12 million cubic meters of tailings, causing the death of approximately 300 workers, with 22 considered missing. The failure is largely attributed to a long history of construction and drainage problems that accumulated for over 25 years.
4. Hindalco Works – Muri, India
What are mine tailings?
Mine tailings are the by-products of the mineral recovery process created following the processing of mined ore. Tailings typically take the form of a slurry made up of fine mineral particles.
What is a Tailings Storage Facility (TSF)?
TSFs are designed to safely store left over mined materials.
What are the recent tailings failures?
2019 saw several devastating tailings storage facility failures, including Nossa Senhora do Livramento in Brazil, Cobriza Mine in San Pedro de Coris, Peru, Córrego de Feijão Mine in Brumadinho, Brazil, and Hindalco Works in Muri, India.
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