In “clean” Canada you say? Teck’s new profit-sucking, “let it dry,” wait for rain – lots of it, dust suppression toxic waste dumping technique?

Acid spills in Trail, B.C., began years earlier than first believed, FOI documents reveal, 700 vehicles believed to have been written off because of acid damage by Bob Keating, August 6, 2019, CBC News

Freedom of Information documents reveal sulphuric acid spills through Trail, B.C., date back to the spring of 2016 when it’s estimated 75 litres leaked from a tractor-trailer, at least two years earlier than first believed.

The spill on May 25, 2016 was the first in a series of environmental disasters emanating from the city’s zinc and lead smelting operations owned by mining company Teck.

The public was not told about the 2016 spill and there was never an independent investigation done or fines issued by the province. [See annie fiftyseven’s excellent comment below!]

“The spill was discovered via highway surveillance cameras. The new [transport] trailers are only weeks old and the spill was caused by a faulty design on the dome lid gasket,” [faulty design? or intentional?] according to an Emergency Management B.C. dangerous goods incident report written a few days after the 2016 spill.

Two years later on April 10 and May 23, 2018, there were two more major spills originating from the smelter. An estimated 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked from transport trucks onto Highway 22 through Trail.

The public was not told about the extent of those leaks until months later and, by that time, hundreds of vehicles were being written off, including buses, utility vehicles and Trail’s brand new fire truck. [Again, for explanation of this greedy cover-up insanity, see annie fiftyseven’s comment below, including for your reading and learning pleasure!]

700 vehicles damaged
One car dealer had more than 40 vehicles destroyed by the acid. ICBC says sulphuric acid eats away at brake lines and other components and can make vehicles unsafe to drive months or even years later.

All the car dealers in Trail are suing the parties involved to recoup their losses.

It’s believed around 700 vehicles in total were written off because of acid damage which, ICBC says, could turn out to be the largest single payout in its history.

Teck produces the acid at its smelter and sells it to International Raw Material (IRM) who hired the transportation company Westcan Bulk to truck it to a railway reload centre 16 kilometres away, near the American border.

Emails between employees at the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy reveal none of the companies involved in the spill would take responsibility. [Why would they? See annie fiftyseven’s excellent explanation!]

“Both the Transport company and Teck Metals deny the spill is related to their work and both will not be taking actions to remediate the affected area,” said an email between ministry staff. [See annie fiftyseven’s succinct explanation! What works in Alberta, works everywhere in Canada!~ AER teaches regulators across Canada and the world, how to pollute, harm and get away with it!]

Trail’s manager of public works was notified and FOI documents show he advised officials to “let it dry,” stating that [highway and city maintenance] cleaners would wash it away a couple days later.

After admitting to the 2018 spills, there was a fourth spill that Teck and IRM said was minor.

But CBC has obtained the 14-page RCMP report on that fourth spill, which reveals the truck carrying the acid left the smelter at 3:28 p.m. Sept. 22, 2018.

RCMP were not called about the spill until 7:21 p.m. — almost four hours after it was detected — and were advised their presence was not needed.

An hour later, at 8:26 p.m., RCMP were called again and asked to meet at the firehall for a situation brief.

At 9:48 p.m., RCMP ordered the highway through Trail to the spill site closed, so the road could be tested for sulphuric acid.

By that time, there was a “significant rain event” that could have affected the tests for sulphuric acid on the highway, Const. Peter Crockford noted in his report.

“Due to a reporting delay and complicated by intermittent rain, no further acid spots could be located,” he wrote. [Truly “world-class” sampling by Canadian authorities! Wait to sample ’til it rains – a lot – to ensure no detection of toxic chemicals]

“The trailer is still believed to be leaking, causing concern the amount on the roadway was more than first estimated,” he wrote in his report.

No comment
RCMP would not comment on the report, since the acid spills are now part of a court action.

ICBC is suing several parties involved, including Teck, IRM and the provincial government.

“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy are both defendants in an ICBC civil claim, so we are unable to comment while the matter is before the courts,” it said.

Neither Teck nor IRM would comment on the spills.

Refer also to:

2019: Teck reportedly rakes in $12 Billion in revenue 2017-2018; Teck, Suncor, CNRL take top spots in annual ranking of mining company revenues

1980 photo of Teck Cominco on the Columbia River, Trail BC by Frederick John Spencer:

Why is Alberta continuing to licence costly headaches to known big brute polluters and law violators such as Teck?

Another polluting Canadian corporation thinks it’s above the law?  Of Course! Because Canada’s “world-class” regulators wait for rain and look the other way!

Snap below of comment to Andrew Nikiforuk article on Ernst’s lawyers, Cory Wanless and Murray Klippenstein, quitting her lawsuit:

Teck will continue to fight U.S. judgement even though U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing Teck’s appeal

2016 08 2016: U.S. judge orders Teck Resources to pay aboriginal group $8.25-million Will Teck pay?

2016 04 04: Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation Can Seek $9.2 Million in litigation fees and costs for their claim against Canadian Mining Company Teck for dumping pollutants into Columbia River

2016 03 01: Teck Metals fined $3.4-million for polluting B.C.’s Columbia River; Encana fined $0.0 for illegally fracing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers

2014 02 01: Teck Resources confirms spilling 25,000 liters of caustic soda into Columbia River in B.C.

2013 01 17: Teck to appeal Washington river cleanup ruling

2012 12 15: Teck liable for Columbia River clean-up in Washington state, judge rules

2012 09 12: Teck Resources Admits Polluting Columbia River For 100 Years

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