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 collapse in Brazil.

To date, there are 13 fatalities and six people who remain missing as a result of the tailings facility collapse.

ICMM CEO Tom Butler said the council has been consulting with member companies to determine how best to respond as an organisation with a commitment to leadership in environmental and safety performance within the mining and metals industry.

The ICMM, which represents 23 of the world’s largest mining and metals companies, places an emphasis on collaborative learning. In convening this review, it supports the industry in seeking to avoid such an event from happening again, says Butler.

The review, which will focus on surface tailings management across the membership, will be led by ICMM and include external experts and member company representatives. It will also include a review of standards, critical control strategies, governance and emergency preparedness.

“This review will build on an existing body of knowledge on tailings management and serve as an important resource not only for our members but the wider industry,” says Butler.

Work on the review will commence immediately.

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