Olympic Dam, Whaleback tailings dams pose extreme risk

TAILINGS dams at BHP’s Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine in South Australia and its Whaleback iron ore mine in Western Australia have been rated as extreme in terms of Canadian Dam Association’s Consequence Classification.

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Olympic Dam's tailings dam is considered to have potential for extreme consequences.

That classification is based on the modelled, hypothetical most significant failure mode without control. It is not a measure of the present physical stability of the dam.