In 2012, we continued to form partnerships with communities, Indigenous Peoples, organizations and institutions around the world to facilitate our efforts related to water stewardship, environmental management and health care.
In 2010, in cooperation with representatives from the local First Nations — the Tl’azt’en Nation and the Nak’azdli Band — we initiated the decommissioning and reclamation of the site. This was a three-year, $22 million reclamation project.
Since 1996, we have reused the biosolids that result from Metro Vancouver’s waste water treatment process to improve reclamation at Highland Valley Copper (HVC). Biosolids are a source of nutrients and organic matter that can be used to support the establishment of vegetation. Using biosolids helps improve the soil’s structure, nutrient availability and water capacity so we get more sustainable vegetation.
A mine has a life cycle that is composed of a number of distinct phases: exploration, development (deposit evaluation, mine planning and construction), operation and, finally, closure, reclamation and post-reclamation monitoring. At Teck, we focus on ensuring the highest standards of sustainability at every phase of the mining life cycle.