Teck Trail Acidic Solution Spill

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Incident Description

Incident Date February 26, 2019
Name Teck Trail Acidic Solution Spill (DGIR: 184344 )
Source Teck Trail fertilizer operations plant 
Nearest Community Trail, B.C. 
Spilled Content Acidic solution
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, Teck Resources, B.C. Conservation Officer Service


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (MOE) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

February 26, 2019 - 1:40 pm

The Teck Trail fertilizer operations plant is now in compliance. The acidic solution that was diverted into an on-site reservoir will be neutralized prior to being released. 

Columbia River water testing indicates pH levels are within normal limits. The emergency phase of the response is complete, however the B.C. Conservation Officer Service will continue to investigate this incident. 

No further updates are expected.   

February 26, 2019 - 9:10 am

There have been reports of an acidic solution release from the Teck Trail fertilizer operations plant in Trail, B.C. The plant was shut down and the cause of the spill is being investigated. 

Initially, the acidic solution was entering the Columbia River but it is now being diverted into an on-site reservoir. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) will continue to monitor this incident and further updates will be provided when new information is available.