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Ecuador to Enforce Tailing Dam Rules in December

Mining News - Published on Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Ecuador’s government plans to tighten rules regulating the construction and operation of mining waste dams to avoid disasters like one in Brazil in January when a dam owned by Vale SA collapsed, killing hundreds.Ecquador Vice Minister of Mining Mr Fernando Benalcazar told Reuters the new rules will take effect in December and will prohibit the building of tailings dams close to populated areas and ban certain designs that are considered less stable. He told “In October last year, we decided to move forward with new regulations. In January, with the Brazilian incident, the process sped up and we decided that we have to be prepared.”

Mining companies will also be required to submit periodic audit reports on their projects to try to detect any warning signs.

Public trust in the mining industry has plunged since the disaster in Brazil, spurring calls to bolster safety at tailings dams, which are used to store the muddy detritus of the mining process and can be dozens of meters high.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 27 Nov 2019
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