Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

Mine waste, known as tailings, may still pose a threat to the surrounding environment even if they are contained by dams.

Professor Julian Olden and SAFS alumnus Christopher Sergeant (Flathead Lake Biological Station, The University of Montana) discuss the dangers of these mine waste dams in a new article over at The Conversation.

Read the full story here.

Construction of a tailings storage area Goro Nickel Mine, Kwe West Bassin, New Caledonia. Barsamuphe/Wikimedia Commons

 

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