Washington State Welcomes Teck Pollution Admission
Washington State is welcoming a breakthrough in the long-running pollution case with Teck.
Department of Ecology Spokeswoman Jani Gilbert says the so-called "agreement of facts" concluded between Teck and the plaintiff - the Colville Confederation of Tribes and the State - came as a surprise, ahead of what was expected to be a lenghty trial about the science of the case.
Essentially it lays to rest any doubt that Teck in Trail dumped millions of tons of slag and effluent into the Columbia River for a one hundred year period up to 1995 and hazardous material ended up in Washington
She says the trial will be shorter and whether or not Teck is liable for paying for the cleanup is all that remains to be settled. Gilbert adds that trial date is set for October 10th and figures it could last just a day.
Teck expects any hearing regarding cost for damages and clean-up will be deferred until after 2015 once all enviornmntal impact studies are concluded.
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