Teck Metals has been fined $3.4 million after it’s Trail, B.C. operation discharged elevated levels of copper, zinc and other materials into the Columbia River.
The penalty is related to guilty pleas under the Fisheries and Environmental Management Acts and is one of the largest fines of its kind in B.C. history.
From November 2013 to February 2015 there were thirteen accidental discharges.
Reviews after the incidents confirmed there was no human health risk and no indication of long-term impact on fish.
A majority of the fine will be used to help fund local conservation projects in the Columbia and Kootenay river watersheds.