NEW YORK Teck Metals
Ltd., a subsidiary of Teck Resources Ltd., is liable for
alleged environmental damage caused to Washington states
Upper Columbia River, a U.S. District Court in eastern
Washington ruled Friday.
Teck acknowledged in September
that it was responsible for discharging "some portion" of the
arsenic, lead, mercury and zinc slag that entered the Columbia
River from 1896 until 1995 (amm.com, Sept. 10). But it
stated Friday that water in the river system has so far met
U.S. and Canadian water quality standards.
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in April said that parts of the Upper
Columbia River had high levels of lead and arsenic that could
pose a risk to human health.
The EPA and Vancouver-based Teck
Resources subsidiary Teck American Inc. havent yet
determined the amount due for natural resource damages and
Teck American Inc. has
commissioned its own study in natural resource damage
assessment, and the company expects the damage costs to be
The companys investigation
and feasibility study is being conducted under a 2006 agreement
with the EPA and is slated for completion in 2015.