Teck Cominco Limited

Teck Cominco Limited

January 07, 2008 22:13 ET

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Teck Cominco's Petition for Review and Reversal

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - In a decision announced on January 7th, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept Teck Cominco Metals Limited's petition for review of the 9th Circuit decision in Pakootas, et.al. v. Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the Chambers of Commerce of both Canada and the United States had all joined Teck Cominco in arguing that diplomatic processes, and not the courts of the United States, are the forum in which to resolve cross-border issues of this nature.

The case will now revert to the District Court of Eastern Washington where we will vigorously defend against the complaints.

Teck Cominco American will continue to fulfill its obligations under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. and the EPA in June 2006 and complete a voluntary Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study ("RI/FS") to determine if any risks to human health and the environment result from past releases from Teck Cominco Metals' refinery at Trail, British Columbia. This multi-year study will use the latest science developed by the EPA and other researchers to determine the true risks in the reservoir system. The RI/FS is scheduled for completion in 2011.

Contact Information

  • Teck Cominco Limited
    Doug Horswill
    Senior Vice President, Environment and Corporate Affairs
    (604) 687-1117
    Teck Cominco American Incorporated
    Dave Godlewski
    Vice President, Environmental & Public Affairs
    (509) 747-6111