Teck Metals Loses Appeal, Must Pay Colville $8.2 Million
February 8, 2017
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has thwarted yet another attempt by Canada-based Teck Metals Ltd. to avoid paying damages to the Colville Federated Tribes and the State of Washington for nearly a century of toxic waste dumping into the Columbia River.
The January 26 ruling denied Teck’s appeal of an August 2016 judgment that awarded Colville and Washington $8.3 million in damages. The company had asked that a final decision be delayed until all claims had been litigated regarding damages to natural resources, which would have taken years. Legal costs had been mounting even before the tribes filed suit in 2004, and this current suit only covers legal costs incurred by the tribes since that time. The initial damages were awarded last August.