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Title: Failures of mine waste dams: solution lies in engineering

Abstract

To MSHA Mine waste disposal specialists, it takes both engineering expertise and exceptionally careful planning to design and build a large metal mine tailings impoundment capable of safely containing hundreds of thousands of tons of mine tailings, mud and water under great pressure. A number of mining companies have gone the mile to do the job properly; many others, particularly companies which built waste structures before or during the 1960s, have not. The dangers of unstable metal mine waste impoundments were detailed in this magazine two years ago (February-March 1977 issue, Page 2). At that time, it was noted that a number of tailings dams in this country had been poorly designed, constructed or maintained, and were accidents waiting to happen. Since then, MSHA's Technical Support Center in Denver has worked closely with mining company engineers on the design of several new dams and have made field surveys of other existing structures which are being rehabilitated to meet stringent safety engineering guidelines.

Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6284131
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6284131
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Mine Saf. Health; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; DAMS; ENGINEERING; FAILURES; MINERAL WASTES; WASTE DISPOSAL; MANAGEMENT; SOLID WASTES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES 010900* -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Environmental Aspects; 012000 -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Mining

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@article{osti_6284131,
title = {Failures of mine waste dams: solution lies in engineering},
author = {Not Available},
abstractNote = {To MSHA Mine waste disposal specialists, it takes both engineering expertise and exceptionally careful planning to design and build a large metal mine tailings impoundment capable of safely containing hundreds of thousands of tons of mine tailings, mud and water under great pressure. A number of mining companies have gone the mile to do the job properly; many others, particularly companies which built waste structures before or during the 1960s, have not. The dangers of unstable metal mine waste impoundments were detailed in this magazine two years ago (February-March 1977 issue, Page 2). At that time, it was noted that a number of tailings dams in this country had been poorly designed, constructed or maintained, and were accidents waiting to happen. Since then, MSHA's Technical Support Center in Denver has worked closely with mining company engineers on the design of several new dams and have made field surveys of other existing structures which are being rehabilitated to meet stringent safety engineering guidelines.},
doi = {},
journal = {Mine Saf. Health; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 4:1,
place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {2}
}