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Teck returns to spill spotlight

British Columbia-based Teck Resources says the company spilled between 12,000 and 25,000 litres of sodium hydroxide solution into a sewer line that eventually discharges into the Columbia River. 


British Columbia-based Teck Resources says the company spilled between 12,000 and 25,000 litres of sodium hydroxide solution into a sewer line that eventually discharges into the Columbia River. 

While the Ministry of the Environment, the Provincial Emergency Program and Environment Canada investigate, the January 28, 2014 incident puts Teck back into the spill spotlight following a tumultuous decade of environmental offences.

Most notably, in 2012, a Washington State judge found Teck liable for intentionally discharging 9.97 million tonnes of slag into the Columbia River from 1930 until 1995.

While there have been other spills as well, Teck has already spent more than one billion dollars on remediation and improving its operations in Trail, British Columbia.


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