The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) website on Tailings: Good Practice continues to bring us easy access to view or purchase books newly posted/advertised on their site. Here are some:

Determining the Toxicity Potential of Mine-Waste Piles (2003) by Smith et al. is a series of lectures from the Joint Conference of the Billings Land Reclamation Symposium and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation convened in Billings, Montana, June 1, 2003. Slide-based presentations include: methods to determine bioaccessibility of metals from waste; physical characterisation; importance of geology; geophysical applications to mine-waste piles; chemical analysis of solids, waters and leachates; leaching tests; and acid-base accounting.

Long Term Performance of Dry Cover Systems (2003) by O’Kane Consultants, Inc. focuses on dry rock cover systems for the management and decommissioning of waste rock and tailings dams. The study discusses factors that affect the long-term performance of covers: evaluates tools for modeling dry cover systems: and provides recommendations for improving and validating existing models.

Long-term Stewardship Study (2001) published by the U.S. Department of Energy describes and analyzes the issues associated with long-term stewardship of closed and abandoned uranium mining and processing facilities in the United States.

Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the Management of Waste from Extractive Industries (2006) published by the European Parliament deals with the management of waste resulting from the prospecting, extraction, treatment and storage of mineral resources and the working of quarries. It is intended to complement both, the Directive on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, as well as a best available technique document covering the management of waste rock and tailings from mining activities.

Following are three publications from the International Commission on Large Dams for which you will have to pay:

Dam Foundations – Geologic Considerations, Investigation Methods, Treatment, Monitoring describes the tools and methods available for dam foundation engineering and analysis, identifies problems and pitfalls, and emphasizes the importance of geology and of a systematic approach to engineering geological investigations.

Quality Control for Fill Dams by the International Commission on Large Dams provides guidelines for the quality control of earth and rockfill materials during construction.

Risk Assessment in Dam Safety Management – A reconnaissance of Benefits, Methods, and Current Applications examines the application of risk assessment techniques in effective decision-making. It is intended to open discussion within the dams engineering profession with the objective of achieving a generally accepted position on the role of risk assessment in dam safety management, and to put forward an additional tool to assist engineers, owners and regulators in meeting their obligations with regard to dam safety.