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Teck’s Elkview Operations Recognized with TSM Leadership Award

November 29, 2013

Award recognizes facility-level excellence in corporate responsibility

SPARWOOD, BC, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ – For its outstanding performance in
the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative’s three focus
areas–environmental footprint, communities and people, and energy
efficiency–Teck’s Elkview Operations in British Columbia has been
awarded with a special TSM Leadership Award. Teck joins just two other
companies with a mine site that has achieved this distinction in the
TSM program’s 10-year history.

Teck was presented with the award at a reception hosted by the Mining
Association of Canada (MAC) yesterday evening in Sparwood, British
Columbia. The event was attended by Teck employees, members from the
local community and government officials.

“We are pleased to recognize Elkview with the TSM Leadership Award,
which is an important and rare distinction that celebrates a facility
for its achievements in the TSM initiative,” said Pierre Gratton, MAC’s
President and CEO. “I congratulate Elkview for its leadership in
environmental management, for how it engages with its communities, and
for being a model for other mine sites across Canada.”

TSM Performance Awards are presented annually to MAC members that
achieve high levels of performance, and meet or surpass benchmarks in
the areas of tailings management, Aboriginal and community outreach,
energy use and crisis management planning. A facility’s TSM results
must be externally verified to be eligible for this recognition.

Teck’s Elkview Operations was honoured with awards in each of the four
performance areas, as well as the TSM Leadership Award for its 2012
results. This award is granted only when a facility meets or exceeds a
level “A” ranking in their results across all of the four performance
categories (known as “protocols”).

“Teck employees live and work in this region and they are dedicated to
making sure that resource development is sustainable and creates real
benefits for the community,” said Marcia Smith, Senior Vice President,
Sustainability & External Affairs, Teck. “This achievement reflects the
tremendous work of employees at Elkview Operations who continually work
to improve our sustainability performance.”

While Elkview’s scores reflect leadership across all TSM categories, the
facility stands out for its best practices in Aboriginal and community
outreach. In this category, Elkview achieved the highest possible
ranking–level “AAA”–across all of the indicators that make up this
protocol. This includes, but is not limited to, establishing processes
to communicate with a facility’s communities of interest, understanding
the viewpoints of the communities, and ensuring that those communities
are informed of the mine’s activities and performance.

“This Award shines a light on Elkview’s strong commitment to engaging
with the people who live in the community, the Ktunaxa First Nation and
the broader public at every stage of the mining life cycle,” noted
Gratton.

As further evidence to its strong community outreach and engagement
practices, Teck established an advisory panel in March 2012 comprised
of representatives from the local community to foster dialogue about
its operations and to incorporate community priorities and perspectives
into the mine’s decision-making. This initiative is aligned with one of
Teck’s community sustainability goals: to put processes in place to
maximize community benefits and collaboration.

Teck’s Elkview Operations is the company’s second-largest open pit mine,
with more than 1,000 full-time employees. It is located just east of
Sparwood in southeastern BC and produces high-quality steel-making
coal. The current annual production capacities of the mine and
preparation plant (on a 100% basis) are approximately 6.5 million and
6.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. At current planned
production rates, Elkview is estimated to have a remaining reserve life
of approximately 34 years.

About MAC

The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the
Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada’s
production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are
actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and
semi-fabrication. Please visit www.mining.ca.

SOURCE Mining Association of Canada (MAC)


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