Coal pollution more than twice the safe limit in Koocanusa

A new study on selenium pollution from the Elk Valley coal mines flowing into Lake Koocanusa has found that the amount of the toxic pollutant in the lake’s waters must be reduced by more than half to keep fish safe.

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Teck Fording River Castle Project

Teck is proposing an expansion of the existing Fording River Operations that will maintain the jobs and economic benefits generated by the operation. Fording River Operations currently produces steelmaking coal from existing permitted reserves, within the next few years, less economic coal will be available from existing permits. The Castle Project area is adjacent to […]

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Researchers Urge Governments to Address Transboundary Mining Pollution

Authored by Flathead Lake Bio Station researcher Erin Sexton, new paper in ‘Science’ highlights impacts of Canadian mines

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Teck baffled by fish collapse

Teck Resources says it’s baffled over the virtual disappearance of a rare fish from a lengthy stretch of a long-contaminated river downstream from the company’s coal-mining operations in southeastern British Columbia. A recent survey of cutthroat trout, a species of special concern, in the Fording River immediately downstream from the mines found numbers of the […]

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The Elk Valley’s contamination crisis

The Narwhal has published an account of the selenium contamination crisis happening to the Elk Valley’s watershed. This is brief introduction to their story: In this beautiful valley in southern British Columbia — a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts — a water crisis is slowly unfolding. The Elk Valley is home to some of Canada’s […]

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Teck Reaches Milestone in Water Quality Research

Teck announced today that a new form of water treatment developed through its water quality research and development program is proving successful in treating large volumes of water to remove selenium and nitrate. The Saturated Rock Fill (SRF) facility at Teck Elkview Operations, commissioned in January 2018, is achieving near-complete removal of selenium and nitrate […]

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Canada suppressing data on coal mine pollution, say U.S. officials

Frustrated U.S. representatives on a commission tasked with protecting the quality of water flowing across the Canada/U.S. border have gone public with claims that Canadian commissioners are refusing to accept scientific data that shows an increase in selenium pollution from B.C.’s Elk Valley coal mines. Two U.S. commissioners on the International Joint Commission have released […]

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BC Mining Concerns Ramping Up

As British Columbia’s downstream neighbor, Montana has reason to be concerned about toxic pollutants spilling across the international border and into the state’s prized watersheds, which support fish and wildlife, as well as a vibrant economy. A growing body of evidence shows those fears are well founded, particularly as researchers report alarming concentrations of a […]

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Teck plant shut after dead fish found

The water treatment facility at Line Creek will likely not be fully operational until early 2015, a Teck statement says. A $100-million treatment plant that is a key piece of Teck Resources Ltd.’s plan to address a selenium pollution problem in British Columbia’s Elk Valley has been taken off line because of a fish kill. […]

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Teck proposed expansions

Teck Coal Ltd. wants to expand two of its Elk Valley mines. Lucy Eykamp, Teck’s social, environmental and regulatory approvals manager, outlined details of Teck’s plans to expand the lifespans of its Coal Mountain Operations (CMO) and Elkview Operations (EVO) to Regional District of East Kootanay board directors Feb. 14. If approved, the proposed expansions […]

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