Teck Coal Limited will pay $300,000 as a result of discharges into the Elk River in 2012.
The mining giant was slapped with three charges under the Environmental Management Act after incidents at their Elkview Operation east of Sparwood.
Satff did not notify the regulator of changes to work permits during maintenance on the Goddard sedimentation pond in August and September five years ago.
On September 11 and 19, 2012, sediment-laden water was discharged.
The second discharge was not reported immediately to regulators.
Teck claims there was no human health risk associated with the discharges, and no indication of long-term effects to fish or the environment.
$285,000 will go to the non-profit Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
Teck’s Manager, Community & Government Affairs Nic Milligan said in a press release “We are committed to learning from these incidents and continually work to further strengthen our environmental performance. These occurrences were thoroughly investigated at the time they occurred and measures were implemented to prevent a re-occurrence.”
– Josh Hoffman