Teck Cominco Limited

Teck Cominco Limited

May 17, 2006 14:45 ET

Statement From Teck Cominco

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - Teck Cominco (TSX:TEK.MV.A)(TSX:TEK.SV.B) regrets to announce that a tragic incident has occurred at the site of the closed Sullivan Mine in Kimberley, British Columbia that has resulted in four fatalities.

Details of the cause of the incident are not known at this time. Emergency response personnel have secured the site and an investigation is underway.

The Sullivan lead zinc mine closed in 2001 and is currently undergoing reclamation.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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