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, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 191-197.
Although Chile has been a mining country for over three hundred years, it does not have specific laws and
regulations on mine closure. Currently, there is awareness of the necessity to establish a technical-legal
framework for both the mining companies and the regulatory authorities.
This paper describes the present situation relating to mine closure in Chile and in particular to the closure of
tailings impoundments. The advantages of using a risk based methodology to develop closure plans are
discussed and in this way, the key aspects of the required actions for closure of tailings impoundments are
The recommendations for revision of the current mine closure regulatory regime has been developed through
a review of the current legislation and laws that are presently under development in the country.
Ministry of Mining, Chile (2006) Preliminary Law for Mine Closure.
University of Chile, Department of Industrial Engineering (2001) Analysis of Mine Closure Plans.
Golder Associates (2004) Guideline document for the evaluation of the quantum of Closure – Related Financial
Provision provided by a Mine.
Chilean National Committee on Large Dams, Large Dams in Chile, published during the 1996 ICOLD Conference
Santiago, Chile (1996).
Public Domain Information contained in Chilean Mining Compendium 2006.
Planning for Closure
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