Federal government tells Teck to improve water quality at two BC coal operations – BC News


Teck Resources Ltd. says it has been ordered by Environment and Climate Change Canada to improve the quality of water affected by two of its coal mining operations in the Elk Valley in British Columbia.

The company says in a statement that the instructions given to Teck Coal Ltd. by the federal government fall under the Fisheries Act and does not resolve potential charges of which it was previously informed.

Teck says discussions regarding the charges are continuing.

The statement said measures to improve water quality and prevent calcite deposits at the Fording River and Greenhills coal sites complement the plan Teck is already implementing in the valley.

He says the government’s direction will require spending of $ 350 million to $ 400 million over 10 years, which goes beyond his water quality plan.

The statement said two facilities under construction are expected to be operational by the end of this year or early 2021, offering a treatment capacity of 47.5 million liters of water per day, against a current daily production of 7. , 5 million liters.

Teck’s Fording River and Greenhills operations are located near Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. These are two of four Teck Steel coal operations in the Elk Valley.


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