Teck is also considering different options for tailings storage. Currently, fine tailings management at Fording River Operations involves tailings slurry stored in a conventional tailings dam. However, conventional tailings dams are not the only option, particularly when dealing with thickened or dry tailings. Tailings can potentially be stored within or outside of the pit(s), and can be stored separately or combined with waste rock.
Tailings storage alternatives are described below, and can be combined into different options. Teck will work with mine engineers and designers to ensure that the selected tailings storage is both physically and geochemically stable.