B.C. coal mine that pollutes Mont. waters ducks fine

B.C. coal mine that pollutes Mont. waters ducks fine

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Mountain West News
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B.C.’s environment ministry granted mining giant Teck Resources relief from $12,000 in environmental fines at the company’s request, internal documents obtained by The Narwhal reveal. Teck’s Line Creek Operation has been the subject of increasing scrutiny after a water treatment plant designed to curtail the mine’s discharge of selenium into the Elk and Fording Rivers failed, resulting in the treatment plant being taken offline.

The problem of selenium pollution stemming from Teck’s Elk Valley operations has ignited tense relations between Canadian and U.S. members of the International Joint Commission, a body tasked with protecting water quality flowing across shared transboundary watersheds.

The Elk River flows across the B.C.-Montana border, draining into Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River.