Contamination in the Upper Columbia: Smelting and Its Impact to the Environment and Human Health 

Brenden Murphy Western Washington University  Overview  At first, this project consisted of performing a profile of a smaller-scale metal smelter located in Northport, WA on the banks of the Columbia River. This would include the historical context of the smelter, the environmental contamination that occurred, and the cleanup of this old smelter location. Shortly after... Continue Reading →

Teck in its Tweens: An Update on 12 Years of Litigation Over The Canadian Smelter

Kelly T. Wood, Assistant Attorney General Just over the border from Northeast Washington, in the town of Trail, B.C., the Teck Metals (formerly Teck Cominco) smelter hovers over the Columbia River like a bird of prey. In 2002 and 2003, swimmer Christopher Swain swam the length of the Columbia—from its Canadian headwaters to the Pacific... Continue Reading →

Teck appeals $8.25 million U.S. court ruling

"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." 

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