Vancouver-based mining giant-Teck Resources has been fined $1.425 million after pleading guilty in B.C. provincial court today to three counts of violating the Fisheries Act.
The court ordered the company to pay the fine to the Environmental Damages Fund, which will be used for fish protection and conservation in the East Kootenay region of B.C.
Teck Resources has also been ordered to post information on the conviction to its website, and it will be added to the federal government’s Environmental Offenders Registry, where it already appears for three other Fisheries Act violations.
An investigation found numerous fish carcasses in the Line Creek watershed, including bull trout, which is identified as a species of special concern in the area.
The company said it took full responsibility for the fish deaths, which it believes was caused by high levels of nitrite, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and phosphorous unintentionally discharged into the water during commissioning of the facility.