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 polluters.
"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 laws."
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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