The Drainage Water Treatment Plant that has been operating since 1979 to treat Sullivan water. Teck photo

The Drainage Water Treatment Plant that has been operating since 1979 to treat Sullivan water. Teck photo

Sullivan Mine-impacted groundwater has migrated below some Kimberley properties

Teck staff to host online meetings regarding mine impacted groundwater; letters sent to owners of affected properties in Kimberley

Teck has recently sent out letters to some Kimberley property owners in Townsite, Marysville and southeast of Marysville, advising them that Sullivan mine-affected ground water has migrated and is present some five metres or more below the surfaces of the properties.

Teck will host information meetings for property owners beginning next week.

Teck put out the following statement.

”For nearly 100 years, Teck owned and operated the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley, which was the single largest employer and contributor to Kimberley’s tax base at the time of closure in 2001. Although no longer producing, the Sullivan mine site is still very much an active site, with significant post-closure reclamation, management and monitoring activities undertaken every day.

“As part of efforts to continually improve on reclamation outcomes and environmental management, Teck routinely undertakes assessment work and monitoring programs. Recent environmental assessments indicate that groundwater affected by historical operations includes a portion of the aquifer underlying parts of Townsite, Marysville, and southeast of Marysville. The groundwater contains sulphate and other substances consistent with historical mine operations and is generally present five metres or more below the ground surface. The impacted groundwater is not part of the municipal drinking water supply for Kimberley or the surrounding areas.

“Water influenced by the Sullivan has been managed by Teck for more than 40 years, and monitoring and sampling results have demonstrated significant improvements in water quality. Teck has been working with the Ministry of Environment to update the remediation plan followed since closure for designation of an Environmental Management Area for groundwater that will outline Teck’s responsibilities for long-term management. Current water management systems include more than 25 pumps and 30 km of piping to collect water and convey it for storage and treatment. These systems are continually monitored, maintained and upgraded and research is ongoing for alternative methods to manage water for the long-term.

“Teck recently notified affected property owners about the groundwater migration and will be hosting a series of information sessions to provide the public with information associated with the notification and the Sullivan’s activities in general. The Sullivan team will host online meetings next week and encourages anyone interested to learn more to register for a session. Additional sessions will be scheduled for early 2021.

The meetings are scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m; Tuesday, December 15 at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, December 15 at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

To register, send an email containing your name and meeting preference to Sullivan.Feedback@teck.com or call the Sullivan Mine Community Feedback line at 250-427-8425.

Teck has spent more than $100 million executing the closure plan for the Sullivan mine. The site team continues to work through challenges related to more than 100 years of operations. Find out more by visiting the Sullivan Mine online at www.teck.com/Sullivan.”



carolyn.grant@kimberleybulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kootenay communities like Rossland are transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. Photo: Mathew Roland/BBJ
Rossland commits to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

“It’s a really unique plan, and we have to go forward, we have to go to a low carbon future.”

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

RCMP responded to a report early Friday morning of a suspect firing a gun at a Salmo home. Photo: Black Press
RCMP arrest woman who fired shots at Salmo home

The woman allegedly discharged a firearm early Friday morning

Summit Ski Hill had a delayed start to the season because of warm temperatures. Photo: Summit Ski Hill
Late season start frustrating for Nakusp ski hill

Summit Ski Hill only just opened Jan. 14

Four friends were heading to their home on Highway 6 just south of Silverton on the evening of Dec. 25, 2020, when the people in the front of the vehicle saw what looked like a “huge, man-like figure” on the side of the road. (Pixabay.com)
Possible Bigfoot sighting shocks, excites Silverton residents

‘I didn’t see the creature myself, I saw the prints’

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home has claimed seven people. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Two more COVID-19 deaths at Vernon care home

Heritage Square has now lost seven people due to the outbreak

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read