Teck puts out fears over large plume

Those still digesting turkey may be scratching their head over a large amount of smoke that escaped Teck over the long weekend.

Those still digesting turkey may be scratching their head over a large amount of smoke that escaped Teck over the long weekend.

A slight increase of gas leaked from Trail Operations Friday, following a problem in the KIVCET lead furnace.

While the smoke – containing carbon dioxide, zinc oxide, zinc and lead –may have given residents a scare, the mining giant is reporting that the amount that escaped wasn’t notable.

“Visually, the plume was very noticeable but in terms of actual metals in the plume, our community monitoring showed a slight increase during this period but that increase was within the normal readings we see through the community,” said Richard Deane, manager of energy and public affairs with Teck.

The lead smelter experienced a problem in the electric furnace ventilation shaft. An operator responded to the incident and was able to clear the shaft.