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An update from Global Tailings Review Chair, Dr Bruno Oberle

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An update from Global Tailings Review Chair, Dr Bruno Oberle

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) co-convened the Global Tailings Review in February 2019 to establish an international standard for the safe management of tailings storage facilities (TSFs), in response to the tailings dam failure at Vale’s Corrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho, Brazil the previous month.

Highlights:

  • Dr Oberle and the Expert Panel were in the process of considering the consultation responses and finalising the Global Tailings Standard
  • The final standard needs to be endorsed by all three co-conveners and it was expected to be published in Q2, 2020
  • Once the final standard is published, the Global Tailings Review will provide a consultation report that reflects feedback, key themes, topics and sentiments from different stakeholder groups

Regretfully, the Global Tailings Review co-conveners and I have taken the decision to delay the publication of the final Global Tailings Standard.

This is due to the challenges, both personal and operational, that we are all now facing as COVID19 spreads across the globe.

The co-conveners and I remain committed to developing a Standard that will improve the safety and security of tailings facilities. At this stage, we cannot predict when this will be, but we will ensure to keep our stakeholders up to date.

On behalf of the Global Tailings Review team, we hope you are keeping well and safe in these unprecedented times.

Originally published by Global Tailings Review.


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