Teck Cominco & Lake Roosevelt
Much of the contaminants dumped by Teck Cominco Metals have settled around the bed and banks of Lake Roosevelt in northern Washington. The pollution poses a threat to tribal members who use the reservoir to fish and for cultural and spiritual reasons, as well as the thousands of people who recreate in the area.
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Teck Cominco Metals operates a smelter ten miles north of the U.S.-Canada border.
This smelter has contaminated Lake Roosevelt, in Washington State, and parts of the Upper Columbia River with toxic heavy metals. Earthjustice filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of the Colville Tribe to enforce an order issued to Teck Cominco to study and assess the pollution.
Case page created on June 1, 2006.