Trail, BC – A fire occurred at the No. 2 Slag Fuming Furnace at Teck Resources Limited’s Trail Operations at 12:50 am, Thursday, July 2, 2009, lasting approximately two hours. The cause, and the extent and estimate of the cost of damages, and the time required for repair will not be available until a full investigation is completed. There were no injuries to employees and there was no impact to other areas of the facility.
Teck Trail Operations Fire Department responded immediately, and was assisted by members of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Fire Department, through an existing mutual aid agreement. Production impacts are being reviewed and are expected to be minimal in terms of metal production and sales.
The No. 2 Slag Fuming Furnace is part of the recycling process for end-of-life electronic materials, also referred to as electronic waste. The impact to electronic waste recycling will not be known until the investigation is complete.
As a result of this incident, some of the clean water used to fight the fire was directly discharged to the Columbia River. Our normal environmental procedures to identify and assess any environmental impacts have been initiated.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at www.teck.com.
About Teck Trail Operations
Teck Trail Operations is one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes, and the Waneta hydroelectric dam and transmission system. Trail’s metallurgical operations produce refined zinc and lead and a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products. The Waneta dam provides power to Trail’s metallurgical operations and sells surplus power through the transmission system to customers in British Columbia and the United States.