Independent Tailings Review Board

The appointment of independent tailings review board is to provide third-party advice on the design, construction, operation and closure of all tailings impoundments engineered to retain wet tailings during mine operation. Independent Tailings review boards are to be asked to provide opinions on the following: whether the design, construction and operation of the Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF) are consistent with satisfactory long-term performance; whether design and construction have been performed in accordance with the Board’s expectation of good practice; whether safety and operation of the TSF conform to the Board’s expectation of good practice; and whether there are weaknesses that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the integrity of the TSF, human health, safety, and successful operation of the facility for its intended purpose.

(Source:  Definition based on Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel, Report on Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility Breach, Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel, Province of British Columbia, January 30, 2015. Available at: https://www.mountpolleyreviewpanel.ca/final-report)