SMELTERS are industrial facilities for processing mineral ores to extract metals. Over the years there have been close to 20 operating smelters in BC, though only 2 remain: the Teck COMINCO facility at TRAIL and the ALCAN ALUMINUM CO smelter at KITIMAT. The first smelters in the province were built in the 1880s—south of GOLDEN and in VANCOUVER—to process ores from the booming mining districts, but they ceased operation almost immediately, lacking the necessary supplies of ore, capital and...

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