Major tailings dam failures in recent years, along with environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance requirements and the rise in ESG investing have renewed interest in tailings-facility management for mining. Changing weather patterns pose a further risk of tailings dam failures and increase the complexity of monitoring these facilities. This makes new monitoring models, such as the one discussed here, all the more important.
Thousands of mine tailings dams (or tailings storage facilities) dot the globe, storing gigantic volumes of toxic mine waste. Tailings management expert Chad LePoudre believes mining companies can better be described as waste-management companies, since ore