The Social Cost of Tailings Management

In August, the Queensland Tailings Group (QTG), in collaboration with Rio Tinto and UQ-SMI, brought Angélica Amanda Andrade to Australia to address ‘The Social Cost of Tailings Management’. Angelica also presented in our Brisbane office to share her first-hand experience of the 2019 Brumadinho Tailings Dam disaster.

Angélica, an English teacher born and raised in Brumadinho, tragically lost her sister, Natalia, along with 270 other people from her community, in the Brumadinho Tailings Dam failure. Now Angélica travels worldwide and speaks bravely about her experience to increase awareness and action. Her goal is to see the necessary changes made within the mining sector to avoid further death and destruction.

The Brumadinho tragedy led to the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM). Tailings Facility owners, operators, and the tailings community worldwide are working hard to comply with the new code. A vital element of the GISTM is the social context, which Angélica spoke to so poignantly at the launch of the GISTM in August 2020. In 2021, the United Nations invited Angélica to be a member of the international advisory panel for the formation of the Global Institute of Departure Management.

Angélica’s presentation was inspiring and thought-provoking. It opened up conversations about the role and responsibility of engineers in society and is a timely reminder of our ongoing obligations as a tailings dam and tailings management company.

– Angélica Amanda Andrade presentation at ATC Williams Brisbane office, August 2022


Following talks at ATC Williams, Rio Tinto and UQ-SMI, the grand finale QTG event was a huge success and attracted more than 120 people to the presentation. ATC Williams is proud to be an annual platinum sponsor of the QTG, and we extend our gratitude for organising this and similar events.

– Angélica Amanda Andrade presentation, Queensland Tailings Group (QTG) Event, August 2022

To learn more about Angelica’s mission, please follow her on LinkedIn