Miners commit to create global standard for tailings dams

Date: Feb 27, 2019

Following the recent deadly tailings dam disaster in Brazil, global mining companies have committed to develop an international standard for tailings facilities.

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which represents 27 of the world’s largest mining and metals companies, on Tuesday announced that its member CEOs would establish an independent panel of experts to develop the international standard.

The standard would be informed by a review that would be carried out by experts from diverse disciplines, led by an independent chairperson. It should be completed by the end of 2019.

“ICMM CEOs have committed to creating a step change for the industry in the safety of tailings facilities by developing a recognised international standard for member companies. The standard will be based on best practices to ensure that tailings facility risks are managed appropriately, consistently, and transparently,” said ICMM CEO Tom Butler.

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