Teck court case to resume at end of the month

The company is due back in court Feb. 29, still facing multiple charges related to two separate chemical spills into the Columbia River.

Court proceedings between Teck and the province won’t end in resolution this week.

The company is due back in court Feb. 29, still facing multiple charges related to two separate chemical spills into the Columbia River.

Until the cases are concluded, the company is not able to comment, Catherine Adair, spokesperson from Teck Trail Operations, confirmed late Tuesday.

Teck appeared in Rossland Provincial Court Monday and again Tuesday, facing more than a dozen counts of depositing deleterious substance, as well as introduction of business-related waste into the environment and failing to comply with a permit.

The latter charge is related to a Dec. 22 (2013) incident when the company released effluent that exceeded its daily permitted level of zinc.

The other event happened one month later, when a large volume of an alkaline chemical solution was discharged into the city’s domestic sewer line.

Charges under the Environmental Management and Fisheries Act came in May.

The company maintains the spills did not cause risk to human health and there were no long term impacts to fish or the environment.

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