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Experience with Capping of Tailings Storage Facilities for Decommissioning Projects in Australia

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Author W Ludlow and C Harrington

Description

This paper presents an overview of the design and construction challenges to implement capping systems on Tailings Storage Facility’s (TSF) based on recent projects in Australia. Key aspects discussed include the cover design and barrier system to encapsulate the tailings, designing for a service life of 1,000 years, water management considerations. construction on tailings, vegetation selection and agronomy of the available capping soils plus the Health, Safety and Enivornmental challenges faced in working on tailings. Lessons learned from experience in capping TSFs are also presented.

CITATION:

Ludlow, W and Harrington, C, 2018. Experience with Capping of Tailings Storage Facilities for Decommissioning Projects in Australia, in Proceedings Mine Waste and Tailings Stewardship Conference 2018, pp 157–165 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).