VANCOUVER, June 1 /CNW/ (June 06, 2005)
The Canadian Innstitute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) incorrectly named Teck Cominco's metals smelting operation in Trail as one of Canada's top five polluters after making a mistake in relating information released by Environment Canada. CIELAP has corrected the factual error contained in a news release distributed earlier this week.
In fact, the Trail operations have made tremendous environmental strides as a leading performer in its industry category having spent $1 billion modernizing the operation starting in the late 1970s and reducing releases to air and water by more than 97 per cent in the past decade.
"We made a typographical error in leaving out a key word in a chart we included in our news release and we apologize that this resulted in wrong information," says Anne Mitchell, executive director, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. "We recognize listings may not tell the whole story in the case of Teck Cominco."
Dr. Mark Edwards, Trail operations' environment, health and safety manager, says the incorrect information was drawn from an Environment Canada report which would place the Trail smelter 115th on that list rather than third.
"We're one of the leading performers in our industry," Dr. Edwards says. "We are recognized by Environment Canada as one of the better performers in the base metals industry with very profound improvements in environmental performance."
Dr. Edwards says his facility is committed to ongoing reduction of releases to air, land and water along with other environmental initiatives. "We spend millions of dollars each and every year on environmental improvement projects and our employees are proud of our accomplishments," Dr. Edwards says.
Teck Cominco's Trail operations have undertaken a series of improvements including implementing a new lead smelter with state-of-the-art technology resulting in enormous improvements in environmental performance; eliminating releases of ferrous granules and fertilizer waste into the Columbia River; and a wide range of smaller projects that have resulted in large reductions of emissions and improved environmental quality.
For further information: Dr. Mark Edwards, Manager - Environment, Health & Safety, Teck Cominco Metals Ltd, Trail Operations, (250) 364-4308;