Teck Resources Trail smelter fined $3.4 million on pollution charges – by Derrick Penner (Vancouver Sun – March 1, 2016)


Teck Resources Ltd.’s lead-zinc smelter at Trail has been fined $3.4 million for more than a dozen violations under the Environmental Management Acts related to releases of water with elevated levels of metals and chemicals, the company said.

The penalties were levelled at a sentencing hearing in Rossland Provincial Court Monday on two counts under the Environmental Management Act related to introducing business waste into the environment and failing to comply with its environmental permit.

Trail operations general manager Thompson Hickey described the incidents as “simply not acceptable,” in a news release and said the company has worked hard to improve its environmental protections.

The incidents, accidental discharges of effluent containing elevated levels of copper, zinc, ammonia, chlorine and cadmium, occurred between November, 2013 and February 2015.

Hickey said Monday that the company “conducted a thorough review” after each discharge and put “specific corrective actions” in place.

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