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From our readers

Issue Date: April 4, 2019

Editor:

TO TELL THE TRUTH"

In response to well-founded public concerns about the safety of tailings dams, and the track record of the upstream tailings dam design, Aquila Resources has sought to reassure the public about the safety of the Back Forty's proposed tailings storage facility by making claims that are misleading and inaccurate. Aquila proposes to use the same upstream dam construction method as the one in Brazil that collapsed on Jan. 25, 2019, resulting in more than 180 deaths and the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history.

Aquila never mentions the Brazilian disaster or that the government of Brazil has banned the use of this design from further use and ordered the dismantling of 88 existing upstream tailings dams.

The Back Forty proposes to store its tailings next to the Menominee River. This design involves piling waste from the mine toward the tailings pond, raising the dam to new levels as the dam grows in size. Upstream dam construction is the cheapest design and is the most prone to failure.

Aquila states that their tailings dam "is neither a pond nor does it store liquid tailings." Wrong, on both counts. Aquila's OWN PERMIT states that the Back Forty tailings dam WILL contain a pond, and that there WILL be liquid tailings. Wet tailings would be deposited in the Tailings Management Facility (TMF) and would be topped by a huge pond consisting of water from the tailings. In Aquila's dam safety permit, the volume of "supernatant water" (floating on the surface of tailings) is estimated at almost 40 million gallons.

Contrary to Aquila's claim that Back Forty processing plant tailings will resemble "thick drywall mud," the tailings would be 19 percent water when pumped into the TMF. Using tailings with relatively high moisture content to save money increases the risk that tailings will liquefy and cause the tailings dam to fail.

Aquila plans to use waste rock rather than tailings to construct the perimeter wall of the TMF. However, Aquila has acknowledged in its mine permit application that most of the waste rock is expected to be acid-generating. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that potentially acid-generating waste rock is unsuitable for tailings wall construction because it is not chemically stable.

According to Dr. David Chambers, an international expert on tailings dam safety, in the last 10 years the failure rate of tailings dams is one disaster about every 8 months. Over a 10,000-year lifespan (a conservative estimate for how long these structures will need to maintain integrity), this implies a significant and disproportionate chance of failure for a tailings dam.

It's time to realize the truth, or suffer the consequences.

Lea Jane Burie,

Wausaukee


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