Teck Resource Limited is being fined for the pollution and discharge of heavy metals into the Columbia River. Teck has been fined for $3.4 Million for multiple events and it is said to be the largest environmental penalty in the history of British Columbia.
According to Environment Canada reports, there were 13 discharges into the
Columbia River from November 2013 to February 2015.
The federal fisheries act claims $3 million for three offences. A $400,000 fine is in relation to two provincial legislation offences. The Teck operation in Trail has been fined previously for pollution, including a $325,000 fine for leaching mercury at Stoney Creek in 2011 and a $210,000 fine for discharging sodium hydroxide into the Columbia River.