The Bento Rodriguez tailings dam collapse in Brazil in November 2015 made international headlines and focused world attention on the relationship between mining and the surrounding environment. The collapse of the facility and the resulting flood of iron-ore tailings devastated the village of Bento Rodriguez downstream, killing at least 17 people. The mine's immediate liability is likely to run into billions of dollars, but the damage to its reputation may be the more serious in the long term. In August 2014 the Mount Polley tailings dam failure in Canada polluted pristine wilderness in one of the biggest environmental disasters in...

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