Safe management of tailings is one of Seabridge Gold’s top priorities. The design, construction and operation of KSM Project’s Tailings Management Facility (TMF) has been specifically engineered to be stable under all conditions, including earthquakes, and to comply with the highest standards of static stability. To minimize surface disturbance and potential environmental impacts, the construction and operation of KSM’s TMF will occur in stages.
Seabridge is strongly committed to building and managing Tailings Management Facility (TMF) based on industry-leading best practices and best available technologies. The design criteria for KSM tailings dams are based on the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) guidelines and take into consideration historical regional data, climate change models, seismic conditions and other potential hazards to create robust and stable designs.
The KSM Project’s TMF is located in the upper reaches of the Bell Irving River Basin. After completing an extensive alternative assessment that examined 14 different sites and consulting with local indigenous groups, the location was selected for being the most secure site for operability and closure perspectives, and for being the best location from an environmental and waste management approach.
The TMF will be regulated and monitored in compliance with the Canadian Dam Safety Association (CDA), International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Association of Canada (MAC), and Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC), along with regular reviews by an eight-member Independent Geotechnical Review Board.