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Trail Operations

Trail Operations

Trail Operations is one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes, located in southern British Columbia.

About Trail Operations

Teck’s Trail Operations, located in the community of Trail in British Columbia, is one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. The metallurgical operations produce refined zinc and lead, a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products.

The Waneta Dam provides low-cost, clean and renewable power to the metallurgical operations. 

Trail Operating Results

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(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for further information.
(2)See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for reconciliation.

Trail Operations Effluent Management

Teck has undertaken a comprehensive approach to improve effluent management at Trail Operations in order to strengthen environmental safeguards and prevent future incidents, following a number of separate discharge incidents at Teck Trail Operations between November 2013 and February 2015.

Lower Columbia Ecosystem Management Program (LCEMP)

The Lower Columbia Ecosystem Management Program (LCEMP) is a collaborative approach to assess, rehabilitate, monitor, conserve and enhance land ecosystems in the Lower Columbia area.

Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (AEMP)

The Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (AEMP) is an in-depth review of the aquatic health of the Lower Columbia River downstream of Trail Operations which has confirmed that water quality is good, the river is healthy, and fish are safe to eat.

Upper Columbia River Project

Trail Operations is carrying out remedial investigation and feasibility studies in the Upper Columbia River area. To date, the studies have generally shown that the water in the river system meets applicable water quality standards in both Canada and the United States, that the beaches are safe for recreational activities, and that the fish in the river system are as safe or safer to eat than fish in other water bodies in Washington State. 

Trail Facility Environmental Improvements

Since the 1970s, $1.5 billion has been invested in a modernization program to improve our operational and environmental performance.

Trail Groundwater Remediation Plan

As part of the Ecological Risk Assessment conducted at Trail Operations, Teck identified an area of groundwater affected by the site’s historical activities. Since then, we have undertaken a series of studies to identify the scope and impact of the affected groundwater and have developed a groundwater remediation plan.

Trail Health and Environment Committee

Teck Trail Operations is actively involved in the Trail Health and Environment Committee, a community-led health and environment initiative chaired by the mayor of Trail with representatives from Teck, the Interior Health Authority, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Trail and Warfield municipal councils and local community members. Click the following link to learn more about the program and resources available.

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Trail Operations

P.O. Box 1000, 25 Aldridge Avenue
Trail, B.C. Canada V1R 4L8
t: 250.364.4222
f: 250.364.4109

Environment & Community Feedback Line 
t: 250.364.4817

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As one of Canada’s leading mining companies, Teck is committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, zinc, and steelmaking coal, as well as investments in energy assets.