As part of the Ecological Risk Assessment conducted at Teck Trail Operations, Teck identified an area of groundwater affected by the site’s historical activities. Since then, Teck has undertaken a series of studies to identify the scope and impact of the affected groundwater. Following an Inspector’s Direction, Teck Trail Operations submitted a final remediation plan to Environment Canada, including construction of a $46 million Groundwater Treatment Plant. The plan has been accepted by Environment Canada. The following outlines background information and a summary of the remediation plan.
- The groundwater is not used for drinking water and studies conducted to date have found that the fish populations in the river are not affected by the groundwater and the water quality of the river meets drinking water standards
- The remediation plan includes interception of impacted groundwater using a series of wells. The groundwater will be conveyed to the Groundwater Treatment Plant for removal of substances of concern prior to discharge into the Columbia River. The discharged water will meet all regulatory requirements
- The Groundwater Treatment Plant will be operational in 2017
- The affected groundwater consists of variable concentrations of ammonia, sulphate and some metals, and is located directly beneath Trail Operations, under the Columbia River, and a portion of East Trail. The substances are believed to have originated from historical operations and storage of materials prior to the 1980’s
- While the focus of the remediation plan was on the affected groundwater, additional environmental studies were carried out in three other isolated areas. These smaller, localized areas are located outside of the main groundwater area. One of these areas, Lower Stoney Creek, was identified as having impacted sediment where the creek meets the river. To address this, the affected sediment was covered in order to isolate it from the creek, as well as to provide additional habitat improvement. Second, material related to a historical residue deposit in a localized area between Trail Operations and the riverbank was assessed and remediated. Third, the Columbia River adjacent to downtown is under assessment for potential impacts to sediment. The assessment will determine what, if any, additional work may be required
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