OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today released the
following statement in response to news of the conviction of Teck
Metals Ltd. for releasing approximately 350,000 litres of highly
caustic effluent into the Columbia River.
"Our Government is committed to protecting our clean water from
"The Columbia River has served as a cornerstone of the Pacific
Northwest's identity, even lending its name to British Columbia. This
2000 kilometre river has also shaped the culture and economy of
Aboriginal peoples throughout the region.
"I commend the Environmental Enforcement Officers on the resolution of
this case and their role in protecting the Columbia River.
"I offer my sincere thanks to the men and women in uniform who devote
themselves on a daily basis to enforcing our wildlife and environmental
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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