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Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is no Accident

13 Nov 2017

The report "Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is no Accident" was prompted by tailings dam disasters and rising global concerns about the safety, management and impacts of storing and managing large volumes of mine waste. 

The increasing number and size of tailings dams around the globe magnifies the potential environmental, social and economic cost of catastrophic failure impact and the risks and costs of perpetual management. These risks present a challenge for this generation, and if not addressed now, a debt we will leave to future generations.

Status: Completed

Type: Rapid Response Assessment

Author: Charles Roche, Kristina Thygesen, Elaine Baker

Year of publication: 2017

Publisher: UN Environment, GRID-Arendal

Tags: chemicals toxics and heavy metals emerging issue industry tailings dam waste mining

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