Shipping of contaminated soil from Victoria to Shawnigan limited until after hearing

The Environmental Appeal Board has temporarily put the brakes on the approval of a permit to move 100,000 tonnes of contaminated soil from Greater Victoria to a facility in the Shawnigan Lake watershed.

The appeal board panel granted a request by the Shawnigan Residents Association and the Cowichan Valley Regional District to stay a permit issued to Cobble Hill Holdings (South Island Aggregates) by the provincial Ministry of Environment.

article continues below

The stay is in place pending a hearing by the appeal board dealing with the decision by the Ministry of Environment to issue the soil discharge permit. Contaminated soil is currently being moved on a project-by-project basis.

The panel ruled there are valid concerns on determining risk the contaminants pose to groundwater, surface water and human health, it said in a decision made public Friday.

Declining to grant a stay could cause irreparable harm to groundwater and surface water, said the decision.

“Given that the contaminated soil that is permitted to be received and landfilled at the facility may include persistent and highly toxic chemicals such as dioxins and furans, there may be harm that could not be remedied,” it said.

The operator of the landfill has not, as of Oct. 30, 2013, fulfilled preconditions of the permit, such as submitting drawings of a settling pond, water-management infrastructure and a soil treatment area, said the panel.

Citing “the serious risks to the environment,” the panel decided to grant a stay pending a decision on the merits of court appeals.

smcculloch@timescolonist.com

South Island Aggregates soil remediation facility

Read Related Topics

© Copyright Times Colonist

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Times Colonist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Community Calendar



Most Popular