Teck Trail Operations Reports Mercury Discharge
TRAIL, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - Teck Metals Ltd. Trail Operations is reporting the discharge yesterday of a solution into the Columbia River that is likely to have exceeded permitted amounts of mercury.
The discharge occurred during the reconfiguration of piping to the Effluent Treatment Plant. Work on the project has been completed, and the regulatory authorities have been notified (Provincial Emergency Program, Ministry of Environment and Environment Canada).
An investigation is underway to confirm the cause of the incident, the amount of mercury discharged, and the potential impact on the Columbia River.
About Teck Resources
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.
About Teck Trail Operations
Trail Operations is owned and operated by Teck Metals Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited. The Trail Operations include one of the world's largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes, a two-thirds interest in the Waneta hydroelectric dam, and ownership of the dam's transmission system. The metallurgical operations produce refined zinc and lead and a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products. Trail Operations employees 1,500 people and has been in operation for over a century.