Teck reports another leak at Trail operation

Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:23pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Mining company Teck Resources reported on Tuesday another chemical spill at its Trail facility in the Western Canadian province of British Columbia.

The diversified miner said about 25 cubic meters (883 cubic feet) of an electrolyte solution used for refining lead had leaked into the ground under a refinery building on Monday.

The Trail facility houses one of the world's largest zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. Teck said the area is being monitored and that there is no evidence that the leak has affected adjacent land or water.

The Vancouver-based company said it had notified regulators about the leak and that an investigation was underway.

Last month, Teck agreed to pay a C$325,000 ($335,000) penalty for two chemical spills that went into the Columbia River from the same facility. The spills happened in September and October of last year.

(Reporting by Julie Gordon; editing by Peter Galloway)