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Update on progress of the Global Tailings Review

11 September 2019

London, UK – Dr Bruno Oberle, Chair of the ICMM co-convened Global Tailings Review, today provided an update on progress towards the delivery of a draft international standard for the safer management of tailings storage facilities.

Dr Bruno Oberle, said: “The Global Tailings Review continues to make progress in developing an international standard to help the mining industry improve the management and governance of their tailings storage facilities.

Over the last week, along with a member of the Expert Panel, and I travelled to British Colombia, Canada to engage with communities, companies and government representatives where the regulatory framework has been influenced strongly by a single significant breach.  The purpose of this visit was to learn about best practice in the design, construction, operation and monitoring of these facilities, including risk management, legal and regulatory requirements and to learn about the realities of living in close proximity large tailings storage facilities from local communities and First Nations representatives. 

With the initial research phase almost complete, we expect the global public consultation stage on the draft standard to begin in October and conclude towards the end of this year. The consultation feedback will be considered by the Chair and Expert Panel before the final standard and the recommendations report are expected to be published in Q1 2020.

Through this process, we are committed to developing a robust, fit-for-purpose standard that can be applied to the management of tailings storage facilities both existing and future, wherever they are, to bring about positive change for the safer management of tailings.”

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Information on the Global Tailings Review

For more information on the Global Tailings Review and its scope, please see its dedicated website GlobalTailingsReview.org.

About Dr Bruno Oberle

Dr Oberle is Chair for Green Economy and Resource Governance and Academic Director of the International Risk Governance Center at L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, a panel member of the International Resource Panel and a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He was previously the Swiss Secretary of State for the Environment and Director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. Dr Oberle will oversee every aspect of the review.

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