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About lindsaynewlandbowker

Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest, is an independent non profit providing self initiated pro bono analysis on key issues with a potential for massive adverse environmental impact . Bowker Associates has been an internationally recognized and cited voice in analysis of the Samarco failure, its consequence, and the possibilties for recovery. In 2017 we partnered with Daveid M. Chambers, a world leader in responsible mining, in our third joint work on the economics of tailings failures. Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. In the Dark Shadow of the Supercycle Tailings Failure Risk & Public Liability Reach All Time Highs. Environments 2017, 4, 75. http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3298/4/4/75 A peer reviewed journal published investigation of the cowboy economics of the supercycle and the resulting escalation on the number and magnitude of catastrophic failures. In 2016 we parnered with Dave Chambers in our 2nd joint work together looking at root causes of failures at a conference . Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. Root Causes of Tailings Management Failures: The Severity of Consequence of Failures Attributed to Overtopping 1915–2015. In Proceedings of the Protections 2016, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 14 June 2016. [Google Scholar] In 2015 Bowker Associates collaborated with geophysicist David M. Chambers to recompile global authoritative accounts of significant TSF failures in recorded history and to analyze these data in the context of global mining economics 1910-2010 ( Risk, Economics and Public Liability of TSF Failures, Bowker/Chambers July 2015) The third annual update of this globally referenced and used compilation was just released at Researchgate. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324594429_World_Tailings_Dam_Failures_From_1915_-_as_of_Mar_31_2018) In 2014 Bowker Associates commissioned globally respected geophysicist and hydrogeologist Dr. David Chambers to undertake two technical works: (1) development of technical go no go criteria for vetting mine applications tp://lindsaynewlandbowker.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/a-new-statutory-regulatory-framework-for-responble-sulfide-mining-should-this-mine-be-built/ and (2) a case study of Maine's Bald Mountain, an un mined low grade high risk VMS deposit demonstrating the efficacy and accuracy of two risk assessment tools in vetting mine proposals https://lindsaynewlandbowker.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/mountain-x-would-you-issue-a-permit-to-this-mine/ In Maine, Bowker Associates has deeply engaged and been a public voice in the Searsport DCP LPG Tank, The Cianbro proposal for a Private East West Toll Road, JD Irvings rolling pipeline of Bakken crude to its plant in St. John and review of Phase II plans at The Callahan Superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, and Maine's revisitation of mining in statute and regulation... Our only “client”: is always “the pubic interest”. Our model is to focus on only one or two issues at a time so that we have a substantive command of the relevant field as our foundation for ongoing engagement. Our core work is in envirommental risk management, science and technology as well as bringing any available “best practices” models to the fore. The legal and regulatory history/best models are also a major thrust of our work in building and evaluating public policy. Director/Principal Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM is a recognized expert in Environmental Risk Management., Heavy Construction Risk Management and Marine and Transit Risks and has more than 3 decades of engagement in buiding public policy. Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to New York State Banking Board (served 1986-1996); President New York Chapter Chartered Property and Casualty Insurers; Environmental Committee, Risk and Insurance Management Society; Director, Convenor/Co-Chair Bermuda Market Briefing "From Captive to Cats" Hamilton Bermuda. Published Articles of Significance The Risk Economics and Public Liability of Tailings Facility Failures, co-authored with David M. Chambers, July 2015 Beyond. Polarization: Superfund Reform in Perspective, Risk & Insurance Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Cost Control (Jan. 24, 1997). Lead Hazards and Abatement Technologies in Construction: A Risk Management Approach CPCU Journal 1997 Employee Leasing: Liability in Limbo Risk Management June 1 1997 Environmental Audit Privilege and the Public interest Risk & Insurance Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Cost Control, April 1997 Asbestos:Holes In Abatement Policies Need To Be Plugged, Lloyd’s Environmental Risk International, May 1993 Editor Published Letters Evironmental Risk Management Beware of Facile Policies Like Fetal Protection Business Insurance 1995(?) High Court Review May Increase Sale of Bank Annuities Business Insurances August 8, 1995 Professional Profiles Protecting the Big Apple’s Core Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Control December 1996 Major Career Highlights First rigorous analysis showing Relationship Between declining ore grades and TSF Failures of increasing consequence ( July 2015) FIrst Documentation that Gentrification Has Same Impacts as Unassisted Displacement from Urban Renewal Sites Direted Court Ordered EIS of FHA Mortgage Scandal Created Nation's First Homeownership Program for Low Income People (SHIP) Created Earliest Geographic Information Systems Using Defense Technology Developed By IBM Designed and Conducted Parallel Census Count to Show Systematic undercount in minority neighborhoods Documented Bias in ISO Territory Rating Plans for Private Passenger Auto Insurance Using ISO's own Rating Techniques Demonstrated Inherent Bias in Mortgage Policies of Banks With Inner City Branches Demonstrated that NY Telephones Plan for Area Code Split To accommodate anticipated cell phone demand was not efficient and would exhaust in 5 years ( which it did) Undertook First Systematic Evaluation of Child Protective Services Caseload Using Multi Variate Analyic Techniques Developed Child Protective Caseload Management and Tracking System (CANTS) and directed implementation in 4 client states including Illinois, Florida and New York Created and Ran Office of Risk Management for NYC DEP the Nations largest Water & Sewer Authority . Designed, Created and Administered Nation's First Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP)for High Risk Tunneling Education Masters NYU Graduate School of Public Administration BSC New School For Social Research Maine Public Schools Deering High School

INVESTORS HAVE BEEN AMANUENSIS TO GLOBAL MINING CARTELS AND ARE MORE INSULATED FROM THE CONSEQUENCE OF MINE FAILURES THAN ALL OTHER STAKEHOLDER SECTORS

Linday Newland Bowker, Stonington Miane. December 4, 2020 LNBowker@bowkerassociates.org There is no question that tailings risk is investor risk but also sadly true that Investors who co-created present risk through flawed underwriting practices in the mineral sector are the least impacted, the … Continue reading

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DID A FORMAL TAILINGS PLAN EVER EXIST FOR SAMARCO’s FUNDAO TAILINGS FACILITY PRE-FAILURE?

A very well documented Brazilian case study suggests that it was built on a promise of performance and construction modeled on the Germano closure “flow through” design but without an actual formal design and design review. (There are no design … Continue reading

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Conflicting Narratives On The Road To Tailings Reform

Lindsay Newland Bowker, November 22, 2020, Stonington, Maine LNBowker@bowkerassociates.org Really enjoyed the framing of this work on how conflicting narratives emerge in the wake of any man-made disaster and how they played out and are still playing out in obfuscating … Continue reading

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VALE NOT ANOMALOUS WITH ITS TROUBLED TSF PORTFOLIO

VALE’S TROUBLE IN 1/3 OF ITS TAILINGS FACILITIES EXISTS WORLD WIDE Release: October 7,2020, Stonington, Maine, U.S.A. Contact : Lindsay Newland Bowker LNBowker@bowkerassociates.org 207 367 5145 Vale is not alone in this and that only their TSF woes makes news … Continue reading

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COE TAILINGS DISCLOSURES NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF WORLD TAILINGS AND NOT THE RIGHT DATA FOR ASSESSING COMMUNITY OF ORIGIN RISK

NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF ADVOCACY OR MINERAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE HAS THERE BEEN MORE FACTUAL DATA AVAILABLE AND LESS DONE WITH IT to effect community of origin security and  secure  damage   compensation for long past,long avoided and continuing failure damages … Continue reading

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A RECONSIDERATION OF THE ‘SOCIAL LICENSE TO OPERATE’ Isn’t It Government’s Job to Provide For safety and Well Being of its People, Lands & Water?

CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker, Executive Director World Mine Tailings Failures compiler@worldminetailingsfailures.org March 5,2020   The Responsible Mining Foundation has just released its 2020 Responsible Mining Index with the survey results , all post Brumadinho, on progress towards “Responsible Mining.”   Post … Continue reading

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BRUMADINHO HOVERED IN CONTINUAL STATE OF FRAGILITY THROUGHOUT ITS LIFE: EXPERT PANEL REPORT

CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker compiler@worldminetailingsfailures.org A real page turner!!! The expert panel technical cause of failure report commissioned by Vale was released yesterday (December 12, 2019). This is a very  distinguished  panel but as with all such commissioned  works it … Continue reading

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BRAZIL A RUNAWAWY TRAIN INCAPABLE OF DE RISKING ITS AT RISK TAILINGS FACILITIES

 DATE: March 17,2019  (revised 4/3/2019) CONTACT:LNBOWKER@BOWKERASSOCIATES.ORG   I have no faith that anyone in Brazil has the technical competence to  assess the stability of the 17 identified large at risk dams  let alone figure out how to safely de risk … Continue reading

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BRUMADINHO:WHO KNEW WHAT WHEN?WAS ITS FRAIL CONDITION RECOGNIZED BY VALE OR BY GOVERNMENT?

All in the 4th estate have done an absolutely fantastic job unpacking the bits and pieces that are now in the public domain and trying to say the right things about them.  Our work here at World Mine Tailings Failures is dedicated … Continue reading

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THE VENERABLE TODD MARTIN & OTHER AMEC ENGINEERS FACE DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY ON MT POLLEY A time for Examination & Discernment For Needed Changes To Governance

CONTACT Lindsay Newland Bowker, Bowker Associates Science & Research In The Public Interest LNBowker@BowkerAssociates.org 207 367 5145 September 27, 2018 https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/business/three-engineers-to-face-disciplinary-hearings-in-mount-polley-disaster-1.4110941   This is good news indeed to have this focus on a key aspect of  the events leading to … Continue reading

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