As provincial authorities consider what could have been done to prevent this month’s Mount Polley mine disaster, federal regulators aren’t taking any chances.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has ordered all mines and mills using uranium to ensure tailings dams are properly maintained and monitored.
Chief Regulatory Operations Officer Ramzi Jammal sent out a letter last week requesting they review the causes of the August 4th breach in the Cariboo and confirm ‘the safety case for the tailings dam at your facility remains valid.’
He also wants assurances mitigation measures are in place and any problems are immediately reported.
September 15th has been set as the deadline for response.
In addition, CNSC staff have been directed to independently inspect above-ground tailings storage facilities to confirm they’re safe.