Upper Columbia River Project
Teck’s Trail Operations in British Columbia, Canada
- Environmental improvements include new technology for lead smelting.
- Discharge of granulated slag into the Columbia River ceased in 1995.
- Present discharges from the facility are lower than natural metal loads carried by the river.
- Water quality in the Columbia River at the international border meets or exceeds stringent regulatory levels in either B.C. or the US.
- Teck would fund all the studies required by the RI/FS and the cost of participation of all parties.
- Teck has also placed US $20-million in escrow as financial assurance of its obligations under the agreement.
- As a condition of the Agreement, the EPA Unilateral Administrative Order has been lifted.
- To date, the studies in the Upper Columbia River, have generally shown that the water in the river system meets applicable water quality standards in both Canada and the United States, that the beaches are safe for recreational activities, and that the fish in the river system are as safe or safer to eat than fish in other water bodies in Washington State.