WASHINGTON STATE Two members of Confederated Tribes of the COLVILLE RESERVATION near Nespelem have filed notice that they intend to sue TECK COMINCO METALS hoping to force the Canadian company to comply with the demands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last December the EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) directing Teck Cominco to study the impact of effluent from its Trail, B.C., smelter on Lake Roosevelt in Washington.
The dispute between Teck Cominco and the EPA is a long-running one that we have written about before in our Net News, in particular the “Doing Some Digging” of Dec. 17, 2003.
The two individuals allege that Teck Cominco is responsible for contamination of the lake and it must comply with the UAO. Furthermore, they are asking that the Canadian company pay all fines and penalties assessed by the United States plus “other legal redress”, including court costs.
Teck Cominco has reasonably agreed to study the impact of its emissions on Lake Roosevelt, and that offer is still open. The company’s offer to the EPA may be found at www.TeckCominco.com in the “Hot Topics” section.