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A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities /

2017

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Pierre Gratton President & CEO The Mining Association of Canada A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities, Third Edition i. PREFACE Preface First Edition of the tailings Guide The first edition of MAC’s Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities, released in 1998, was developed in response to a series of international tailings-related incidents that occurred in the 1990s. [...] The purpose of the first edition was threefold: to provide information on the safe and environmentally responsible management of tailings facilities; to help companies develop tailings management systems that include environmental and safety criteria; and to improve the consistency of application of sound engineering and management principles to tailings facilities. [...] The tailings management component of TSM provides a strong and consistent message to tailings facility owners, operators and contractors: the key to safe and environmentally responsible management of tailings is the consistent application of sound engineering capability within an effective management system and throughout the full life cycle of a facility. [...] The review has led to the strengthening of key concepts that were described in the previous editions, and introduces others, including: Risk-Based Approach: an integral component of a tailings management system, with the goal of managing tailings facilities in a manner commensurate with the presence and magnitude of the physical and chemical risks that they may pose across the entire life cycle, i [...] Managing and mitigating risk includes: identification of potential risks at the project conception and planning phase of the life cycle, and rigorous risk assessment early in the life cycle, and updated periodically throughout the life cycle; A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities, Third Edition 2. 1. INTRODuCTION the application of the most appropriate technology to manage risks on

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