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15 Jun 2020

Teck Resources

Response from Teck Resources

...We worked closely with unions and authorities to quickly implement extensive and consistent measures across our sites to prevent transmission of COVID-19...These include enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols; screening of contractors and visitors; requiring anyone showing symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone with symptoms to stay home from work; increased physical distancing practices at site such as reducing the number of on-site staff; cutting the number of passengers on buses by at least 50%; staggered start times, and separating groups of employees; promoting personal preventative measures such as frequent handwashing; and ensuring proper use of PPE including masks...there have been no cases of COVID-19 at Teck’s mines in Canada, the U.S., or our Carmen de Andacollo mine in Chile. Teck announced on March 18 the temporary suspension of construction activities at our Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 project in Chile for worker safety. As cases of COVID-19 have increased across Chile we have had approximately 35 positive cases associated with our QB site in Chile, with the majority asymptomatic...The Antamina mine in Peru, in which Teck has a 22.5% non-operating minority interest, demobilized in mid-April and a rigorous testing and quarantine program was put in place to ensure employee and community health was protected...The letter from Teck referenced in the MiningWatch report was very clearly unrelated to the Antamina mine. It was sent in direct response to a Globe and Mail article that focused on Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in Canada...