March 29, 2016
"Teck is committed to responsible resource development that supports both the environmental and economic well-being of the Elk Valley,” said Robin Sheremeta, Vice President, Operations, Coal. “This water treatment facility is part of our work to implement the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan, which was developed with input from communities, governments and First Nations to maintain water quality while supporting continued responsible mining."
Teck’s work to ensure water quality is protected in British Columbia’s Elk Valley has taken a major step forward with the start of full operations at our first full-scale water treatment facility.
The West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility, located at Teck’s Line Creek Operations (LCO), was constructed to remove selenium as well as nitrate from mine affected water as part of Teck’s work to implement the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. The goal of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan is to stabilize and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances to ensure the ongoing health of the watershed, while at the same time allowing for continued sustainable mining in the region.
The West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility treats water drawn in from Line Creek and West Line Creek at the LCO site. Biological treatment technology is then used to precipitate selenium into a solid form that can be extracted from the water and safely disposed of in a secure onsite waste facility.
West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility by the numbers: