Teck Coal Limited’s Elkview Operations was issued an administrative penalty under the Environmental Management Act in mid-May.
The penalty comes in the form of a $28,000 fine. According to the Government of British Columbia’s website, the penalty is “for failing to comply with permit requirements to report unauthorized discharges, conduct appropriate sampling and exceeding water quality limits in June 2018.”
The province uses these Administrative Monetary Penalties, or AMPs as a way to enforce environmental rules. As written in the province’s Environmental Compliance Reports, the AMPs “can be administered with less onerous procedural and legal requirements than a court prosecution, making them an effective and efficient enforcement option.”
The Environmental Management Act is in place to regulate industrial and municipal waste discharges as wall as air quality, pollution, hazardous waste and contaminated site remediation. The act gives ministry staff and authorities the ability to take action and respond to environmental damages and emergencies.