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World-first public database of mine tailings dams launched

Environmental organisation GRID-Arendal with support from the UN Environment Program has launched the world’s first publicly-accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities.

ICMM commences global tailings management review

International – The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday announced that it would convene a global review of tailings storage facility standards and critical controls in light of the Samarco tailings dam...

Nine known fatalities confirmed after Samarco tailings collapse

Samarco, BHP and Vale's joint venture iron ore company in Brazil early this morning announced nine known fatalities following the collapse of its tailings dam, Fundão, on 5 November 2015. Four people previously unaccounted for have...

+500 people relocated after BHP/Vale’s Samarco tailings dam collapse in Brazil

Brazil – The BHP Billiton/Vale iron ore JV Samarco has reallocated 136 families/569 people following the collapse of its tailings dam, Fundão, in Minas Gerais, Brazil on Thursday, 5 November 2015. Details are still emerging...