Goldcorp developed a Tailings Stewardship Program in 2015 as part of a commitment to the safe and environmentally responsible development, operation and management of tailings storage facilities with focus to reduce risks by ensuring good practices are implemented at all Goldcorp tailings storage facilities and qualifying water dams. The current program is based on regulatory requirements, incorporates industry best practices and Goldcorp’s desire to be an industry leader in our sustainability practices. Tailings stewardship is designed to identify issues and concerns, manage liabilities, identify opportunities for operational efficiency, provide input into design, construction, operation and mine closure, educate operators, improve data management, provide a standardized review process, and prepare for upsets.
Dam Safety Inspections and risk assessments are updated annually to manage tailings in a manner that effectively mitigates environmental, public health and safety, and community impacts while maintaining the long-term security of the tailings facility and sustainable land use options. Tailings facilities are managed commensurate with the risks they pose, with the objectives of preventing performance failures and meeting environmental requirements. All solids and water are managed within designated areas that meet design intent, and tailings management complies with regulatory requirements and conform to sound engineering practice, company standards, tailings management framework, and commitments to communities of interest including Indigenous groups.
A work plan has been developed to integrate Goldcorp’s tailings storage facilities into Newmont Goldcorp’s standards and governance system within 12 months after closing. This will include gap assessments and action to meet the standards, site visits and inspections and implementation of critical controls and independent technical review boards for all active operations.