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For Immediate Release


May 29, 2008

Ministry of Environment




TRAIL – The Ministry of Environment is requiring Teck Cominco Metal Limited to submit sampling results and reports following a chemical spill from the company’s lead refinery near Trail yesterday afternoon.


           The company reported a chemical spill to the Columbia River from its lead refinery through its storm sewer. The refinery has been shut down and the company commenced an investigation of the spill and its cause.


           Environment Canada, the Interior Health Authority and the City of Trail have all been notified. It is highly unlikely any groundwater wells will be impacted given the dilution of the spill in the spring high-flow conditions.


The spill occurred approximately 11 kilometres north of the U.S. border. Washington State officials have been notified. The high stream flows in the Columbia and the dilution factor are such that any content should be negligible at the border.


           Under the EMA (Environmental Management Act) preliminary incident and environmental impact reports will be followed up with Final Incident/Investigation and Environmental Impact Assessment reports on the Columbia River within 30 days of yesterday’s spill.






Kate Thompson

Manager, Media Relations

250 953-4577


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