Selenium Targets in Elk Valley Waterways "Appropriate and Protective of Aquatic Life": Teck

Credit: Teck Resources

The mining giant is sharing the results of their ongoing work to manage water quality in the region.

The Elk Valley Water Quality Plan was established in 2014 to identify strategies to address the rising levels of selenium and other substances related to mining activities in the Elk River Watershed. In that same year, Teck was ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in fines after leaking selenium into the Line Creek.

This involved the company spending between $15-$18 million every year on various water quality projects, aquatic health studies, and monitoring.

In the nearly four years since then, Teck reports that the targets for selenium and other substances that are part of mining activities are appropriate and protective of aquatic life.

"They also indicate that while concentrations of selenium and other substances are generally trending as expected, they are not affecting fish populations...Teck is focused on continued monitoring and research, and taking the necessary steps to implement the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan and protect aquatic health across the watershed," reads a press release from Teck. 

With more than 4,000 employees across the region, Senior VP of Sustainability and External Affairs Marcia Smith says ensuring a high level of water quality is extremely important to them.

Note: This story has been updated to make corrections.

- David Opinko / with files from Teck

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