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12 March 2021

The stability of mine waste tailings facilities

In a new open access paper published in Scientific Reports, Franks et al. (2021) show that 10% of tailings facilities have a history of instability. This rises to 18.3% for active upstream facilities.

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24 April 2020

The Luming Mine tailings spill: so what happened next?

The 2.53 million cubic metre tailings spill at Luming Mine in Heilongjiang Province, China on 28 March 2020: so what happened next?

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3 April 2020

Finding a consensus view on the Luming Mine tailings accident

Based on the information available so far, can we crowd source an understanding of what happened to cause the Luming Mine tailings accident in China?

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2 April 2020

High resolution Planet Labs imagery of the Luming Mine accident

Planet Labs have captured a high resolution SkySat image of the site of the Luming Mine accident in China, in which polluted water and sediment have been released

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1 April 2020

More information on the Luming Mine tailings leak in China, including images of the disastrous downstream impacts

More information on the Luming Mine tailings leak in China on 28 March 2020, including images of the disastrous downstream impacts

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31 March 2020

The Luming Mine tailings accident in China

A significant tailings accident occurred on 28 March 2020, this time at the Luming Mine in Heilongjiang Province in NE China.

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20 January 2020

Brumadinho: the Expert Panel report on the failure of the Feijão tailings dam

Last month the official Expert Panel released its report on the Feijao tailings dam disaster at Brumadinho in Brazil, which killed over 300 people.

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20 September 2019

The 1985 Stava tailings dam disaster

The failure of the Stava tailings dam in Trento, Italy in 1985 generated a mudflow that killed 268 people downstream of the facility.

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30 July 2019

Baikalsk: a horrifying example of a high risk waste storage facility in Russia

13 large waste storage ponds at Baikalsk, on the banks of Lake Baikal, appear to be exceptionally vulnerable to landslides and debris flows.

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28 July 2019

The Cobriza Mine tailings failure: a high resolution image from Planet Labs

Planet Labs have kindly collected a high resolution SkySat image of the Cobriza Mine tailings failure in Peru, which happened on 10th July 2019.

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16 July 2019

Cobriza, Peru: another significant tailings dam failure

On 10th July 2019 another significant tailings dam failure occurred, this time at the Cobriza mine in Peru, releasing cyanide pollution into the Rio Mantaro

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28 May 2019

Gongo Soco mine: another potential tailings dam failure in Brazil

In Brazil another tailings dam, at the Gongo Soco mine in Barão de Cocais to the east of Belo Horizonte, is at risk of failure due to a rock wall collapse.

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13 May 2019

Tailings dam failures: an interesting perspective article in Science

A Perspectives article in Science (Santamarina et al. 2019) argues that we need a better understanding of the processes leading to tailings dam failures as well as greatly improved management and regulation of tailings facilities

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13 April 2019

Hindalco, Muri: another tailings failure, this time in India

On 9th April 2019 yet another significant tailings failure occurred, this time at the Hindalco works at Muri in Jharkhand, India

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25 March 2019

Sul Superior: another Vale tailings dam at risk of imminent collapse in Brazil

Brazilian mining company Vale warned on Friday that the Sul Superior tailings dam, at the Gongo Soco mine in Minas Gerais, is at risk of imminent collapse

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12 March 2018

Cadia Gold Mine – another tailings dam failure

On Friday a significant tailings dam failure occurred at the Cadia gold mine in Australia, causing production to be stopped. Fortunately, to date no release of tailings beyond the boundaries of the mine has occurred.

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31 October 2017

Planet Labs imagery of the Mishor Rotem tailings dam failure

There is good imagery available via Planet Labs showing the 100,000 cubic metre Mishor Rotem tailings dam failure in Israel in June 2017

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