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Teck Cominco and the Columbia River

I’ll have an official post coming up soon on our plans for our move to Canada, but here’s a sneak peek at an environmental issue that is in the region. I drove through Trail several weeks ago on my visit to the Kootenays, and wherever you are in the town you can’t avoid noticing the smelter perched above the river valley. 

After nearly a century of polluting the river, Teck Cominco stopped discharging slag into the river in 1994 under orders from provincial government regulators after studies showed the waste was toxic to fish and aquatic life. On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with Teck Cominco to study the extent and seriousness of the contamination in the river. The company will pay $20 million US for the study.

Source: Trail – Rossland News

btw, we’re not moving to Trail…

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.