Teck Metals expected to plead guilty to 15 pollution-related charges (CBC News British Columbia – February 1, 2016)


At least three appear related to 2014 chemical spill

B.C. mining giant Teck Metals is expected to plead guilty to more than a dozen charges related to pollution in the city of Trail, B.C. and the Columbia river system, according to the provincial court registry.

The company faces 15 charges in total, ranging from introducing business-related waste into the environment to depositing a harmful substance.

At least three of those charges appear to be connected to a 2014 chemical spill near Trail in which up to 25,000 litres of sodium hydroxide flowed from Teck’s smelter into a sewer line, eventually discharging into the Columbia River.

According to B.C.’s online court registry, Teck will plead guilty to the charges against them on February 1.

The filings make no reference to potential fines or other consequences as a result of the expected guilty plea.

The mining company wouldn’t comment on those proceedings with the matter still before the court, but did emphasize a commitment to reducing their impact on the environment.

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