Tailings Management Handbook: A Life-Cycle Approach

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Edited by Kimberly Finke Morrison

As long as we have mining and mineral processing, tailings and the responsible management thereof will remain at the forefront with a company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, in part, a reflection of how well tailings risks are being managed.

The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) was published in August 2020, aiming to prevent catastrophic failure of tailings facilities by providing operators with specified measures and approaches throughout the mine life cycle, taking into account multiple stakeholder perspectives. In 2021, the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) published the Tailings Management: Good Practice Guide intended to support safe, responsible management of tailings across the global mining industry, providing guidance on good governance and engineering practices to support continual improvement in tailings storage facility (TSF) management and help foster and strengthen the safety culture of mining companies.

The Tailings Management Handbook is important and timely because there is no other comprehensive resource rooted in these new fundamentals and global principles for tailings management. Tailings management requires interdisciplinary and cross-functional understanding and support, which is apparent throughout this handbook.

Dive into the wealth of information contributed by more than 100 world-renowned experts, beautifully crafted into a full-color handbook that focuses on the basics, life-cycle planning, site and tailings characterization, TSF design and construction, as well as systems and operations of TSFs. The inclusion of 42 case studies is an added plus with real-world successes and lessons learned.

About the Editor—Kimberly Finke Morrison

Kimberly (Kim) Finke Morrison is the Senior Director, Global Tailings Management, of Newmont in Denver, Colorado, where she is responsible for functional oversight of tailings and embankments at Newmont’s global operations and legacy sites, including reviewing and developing standards and guidelines, overseeing governance programs, providing peer reviews, leading risk assessments, and managing training and development programs.

Six days before the failure of Dam I at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine near Brumadinho, Brazil, Kim was in Belo Horizonte overlooking the valley where the failure would soon occur, and she was on her flight home when the failure happened. This devastating event had far-reaching global impacts, including development of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, but personally affected Kim, increasing her passion to drive the industry toward improved tailings management practices.

2022, 1024 pages
Hardcover & eBook
4 lbs
ISBN 978-0-87335-490-5
Book order number 490-5B

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