EPA's Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) disappoints again. The EPA's Math Doesn’t Add Up The EPA's Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA), published February 10, 2021, concluded that the communities' chronic exposure to heavy metal toxins from Teck smelter's air emissions, and the historical accumulation caused by their decades of disposing slag directly into the Columbia... Continue Reading →
Top EPA adviser attacks the agency for making decisions before major review of air pollution standards is completed.
"For the better part of 20 years now, Teck has continued to fight liability and associated obligations at all levels for the century’s worth of industrial wastes Trail historically discharged directly to the Columbia River or from smoke stacks at the smelter complex. The litigation and multiple appeals continue in federal court."
Average airborne PM10 arsenic and lead concentrations in the upper Columbia River
valley near the international border are potentially the highest known levels in
Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Likewise, the average airborne cadmium
concentrations are potentially the highest known anywhere in three states