As a follow up to Teck’s current appeal please read the following;
In October 2013, the day before the scheduled trial that would have provided evidence of Teck’s century of pollution, Teck admitted to a host of (some) factual details of their century of polluting the Columbia River. This was a very calculated move on Teck’s part to avoid going to trial, where the full extent of their decades of gross negligence would have come to light not only becoming public record, but greatly effecting their likelihood to appeal any court rulings against them in the decades of court rulings to come.
The evidence showed between 1930 and 1995 Teck discharged at least 9.97 million tons of slag (a black, sand like by product of the smelting process, which contains heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, zinc and lead) directly into the Columbia River. . . . According to Teck’s documentation they discarded approximately 400 tons of slag directly into the Columbia River every day, for approximately 60 years.
AIR EMISSIONS RELEASED FROM TECK SMOKE STACKS: Between 1921 – 2005;
- 38,465 tonnes of Zinc
- 22,688 tonnes of Lead
- 1,225 tonnes of Arsenic
- 1,103 tonnes of Cadmium
- 97 tonnes of Mercury
(THESE FIGURES DO NOT INCLUDE THE ONGOING AMOUNT OF TOXINS CURRENTLY BEING RELEASED THROUGH THEIR AIR EMISSIONS)
TOXIC SLAG TECK DEPOSITED INTO COLUMBIA RIVER: Between 1906 – 1995;
- 1,314,00 tonnes of Lead
- 4,434,750 tonnes of Cadmium
- 302,250 tonnes of Mercury
- 525,600,000 tonnes of Zinc
For a Timeline of Teck’s Century of Pollution Click here
“The estimated 9.8 million tons (of slag) that Cominco has dumped into the river is equivalent to a dump truck emptying 19 tons every hour for 60 years.”
– Karen Dorn Steel, The Spokesman Review (2003)
Deck probably has enough money to “duck” all of these issues for the next 100 years, while they continue to pollute, right this very moment, and for years to come. This is such a frustrating and disappointing issue.