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12/1/15

Samarco: At least the serious end of the mining industry has finally taken notice

This found its way from the ICMM to your humble scribe's inbox today. Link here.

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Representing 23 of the world’s largest mining and metals companies, ICMM today announced that it would convene a global review of tailings storage facility standards and critical controls.

ICMM CEO Tom Butler said, “I would like to express my profound sadness for the tragic loss of life that resulted from the recent Samarco tailings dam collapse in Brazil, and to extend my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the disaster.”

“In recent weeks, we have 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. ICMM places an emphasis on collaborative learning and in convening this review, we support our industry in seeking to avoid such an event from happening again.”

The review will be led by ICMM and include external experts and member company representatives.

It will focus on surface tailings management across the membership, including 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,” said Mr Butler.

Work on the review will commence immediately.

About ICMM

The International Council on Mining and Metals is an organisation of leading mining and metals companies that collaborate to promote responsible mining, with a shared commitment to people and the environment.

It comprises 23 mining and metals companies and 34 regional and commodity associations.