oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Legal obligations regarding the lifecycle of a mine tailings storage facility : environmental

Volume 16, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Increasing pressure is being placed on mining companies to improve their environmental performance. The abundance of abandoned mine sites and large tracts of unrehabilitated mine land on the Witwatersrand and the Natal and Mpumalanga coalfields testify to the fact that mining companies have in the past failed to apply sustainable closure principles, particularly regarding tailings deposits. To be successful in an increasingly competitive global market, it is vital that mining companies subscribe to the principles of sustainable development. The very finite nature of mining requires responsible planning and effective management to meet sustainable closure objectives. The prevailing legislation specific to the lifecycle of a mine tailings dam is summarised here.

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