The metallurgical complex at Trail, British Columbia, has been operating on the banks of the Columbia River since 1896, 10 miles north of the Canada-United States (U.S.) border. Since the late 1970s, Teck has invested approximately $1.5 billion to improve the operation’s environmental performance. Today, its modern environmental protection measures make it a world-class metallurgical facility, supplying vital metals to Canada, the U.S. and world economies.
- Environmental improvements include new technology for lead smelting
- Permitted discharge of granulated slag into the Columbia River ceased in 1995
- Present permitted discharges from the facility are lower than natural metal loads carried by the river
- Water quality in the Columbia River at the international border meets or exceeds stringent regulatory levels in either B.C. or the U.S.