A framework for a sustainable approach to mine tailings management: disposal strategies

Adiansyah, Joni Safaat, Rosano, Michele, Vink, Sue and Keir, Greg (2015) A framework for a sustainable approach to mine tailings management: disposal strategies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 108 A: 1050-1062. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.07.139

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Author Adiansyah, Joni Safaat
Rosano, Michele
Vink, Sue
Keir, Greg
Title A framework for a sustainable approach to mine tailings management: disposal strategies
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.07.139
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 108
Issue A
Start page 1050
End page 1062
Total pages 13
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2300 Environmental Science
1408 Strategy and Management
2209 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Abstract The aim of mine tailings management strategy is to protect the environment and humans from risks associated with mine tailings. It seems inevitable that future production from lower grade ores in mines will increase, generating a higher tonnage of tailings. Approximately 14 billion tonnes of tailings were produced globally by the mining industry in 2010. The need for a comprehensive framework for mine tailings management (including dewatering) that promotes sustainable development is therefore becoming increasingly recognised by the mining industry. In this paper, we review existing frameworks for tailings management and propose an improved framework that considers key sustainable development pillars: technological, economic, environmental, policy, and social aspects. This framework will be able to guide the mining sector to choose its mine tailings management strategy based on sustainable development concepts. It incorporates a range of tools for determining trade-offs inherent in different tailings management methods during operation and throughout the Life of Mine (LOM); these include Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Net Present Value (NPV), Hierarchy System Model (HSM), and Decision Analysis. In particular, this proposed recognises the highly case-specific of tailings management by explicitly integrating physicochemical characterisation of tailings properties as a first step. In future, the framework could be expanded through integration of reuse/recycle principles of industrial symbiosis.
Keyword Mine tailings management
Disposal options
Sustainable development
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