We continually work to manage our mine tailings and waste safely and sustainably. To inform our evolving plans and efforts in these areas, we are committed to reviewing and applying global best practices.
What are tailings?
Tailings are the materials left over following the processing of mined ore that separates the valuable metals or minerals from the host rock. Tailings are not the same as waste rock, the latter being soil or rock or other material that covers or surrounds an orebody and that is displaced during mining but is not processed.
What is a tailings storage facility?
Tailings storage facilities (TSF) play a major role in many mining operations around the world. A TSF is a highly engineered structure which consists of one or more tailings dams, with embankments designed to permanently store the tailings in a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible manner. Every individual dam is unique and is designed, built and operated to specifications that are tailored to the physical nature of the tailings material itself, and a number of other factors. Our tailings facilities are managed taking into account a combination of site-specific conditions, applicable laws and regulations, and annual dam safety inspections and reviews, as required.
Wherever we operate, the way Great Panther handles mine tailings and overall waste is considered among the most material issues by our employees, local communities, government regulators and society. We recognize these are critical areas of environmental management for mining companies, as mining activities create large amounts of waste, in particular during the extraction and processing of mineral ore. Responsible management of our tailings and mine waste helps protect employees, communities and the environment.
Please refer to the following summary for more details regarding Great Panther’s tailings storage facilities in Mexico, Peru and Brazil.