Teck Cominco, U.S. EPA agree on environmental, health studies for upper Columbia River basin
VANCOUVER, BC-Teck Cominco and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have reached an agreement for Teck Cominco to conduct comprehensive environmental and human health assessments in the upper Columbia River basin. Under the agreement, Teck Cominco will fund scientific studies under the supervision of the EPA and with the participation of the Canadian government, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the State of Washington, and the Spokane and Confederated Colville Tribes. The studies will produce a science-based report on the ecological and human health conditions of the Columbia River from the Grand Coulee dam to the Canadian border, an area covering about 150 miles. "Teck Cominco... has voluntarily sought a cooperative arrangement with US authorities to address the public's concerns surrounding Lake Roosevelt. This agreement is a great step forward in allowing us to fulfill our commitment," said Doug Horswill, the company's senior vice-president, environment and corporate affairs. He noted that Canada's participation was "instrumental in achieving this agreement."