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Lead Spill in Canada Into Columbia River Costs Tax Payers Money

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington State Officials are monitoring a major acid spill into the Columbia River from the massive Teck Cominco lead and zinc smelter just across the border in Trail, British Columbia.

A leaky pipe about 5 p.m. Wednesday led to the shutdown of the electrolytic refining plant at the smelter complex on the banks of the Columbia.

Some of the acid, which contained lead, ended up in the river.  The spill lasted for about four hours and the Washington Department of Ecology said it was told that approximately 2,100 pounds of lead and 100 gallons of acid were released into the river.

Ecology leaders told KNDU the spill would most likely not directly effect the Tri-Cities, but said the clean up costs tax payers money and could have long term effects on the eco-system.

They also said spills from Teck Cominco has been a problem in the past.

 

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