Trail, BC – The No.2 Slag Fuming Furnace at Teck Metals Ltd.’s Trail Operations resumed operation on Sunday, July 12, 2009 following the fire that occurred on July 2, 2009. No one was injured in the accident.
The root cause of the fire remains under investigation. Temporary changes related to the operation of the furnace have been made to eliminate possible causes so the furnace can safely operate while the investigation continues.
The recycling of end-of-life electronic materials, also referred to as electronic waste, has resumed. Trail Operations remains on track with our target of recycling 10,000 tonnes of electronic waste in 2009, despite the nine-day disruption resulting from the fire.
About Teck Trail Operations
Trail Operations is owned and operated by Teck Metals Ltd. (formerly Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. and prior to 2001, Cominco Ltd.). Teck Metals is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited (formerly Teck Cominco Limited and, prior to 2001, Teck Corporation). 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.
Teck Resources Limited 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.