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Tailings stewardship : “genuine” corporate responsibility Fuller, Matt; Jacobs, Mike


Tailings Stewardship has come to the forefront of the mining industry’s attention following the Mt. Polley tailings dam breach in British Columbia, Canada. Recognizing the negative impacts a tailings dam failure has on a mining company’s corporate social responsibility and market capitalization, combined with regulatory changes in Canada, Goldcorp Inc. (Goldcorp) has implemented additional tailings storage facility safety assurances. Tailings Stewardship is a management strategy that ensures best practices are implemented to properly design, construct, operate, maintain, monitor, and ultimately close tailings storage facilities. This article describes a stalwart Tailings Stewardship Strategy developed by Goldcorp and their Tailings Stewardship Team.

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