Tailings storage facilities still pose huge threat of harm, RMF says

By IM Staff
Published: Friday, 22 January 2021

As many as one-third of the current global portfolio of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) are impaired and in need of urgent intervention, according to the Switzerland-based Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF).

By Andrea Hotter

This means that more than 730 million tonnes of tailings pose a risk, from among the roughly 223 billion tonnes of tailings stored in more than 30,000 TSFs, including active, inactive and abandoned facilities.

Tailings are the materials left over after completion of the process of...

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