Contaminant barriers don’t inspire confidence

Re: “Shawnigan quarry weathers storms,” Oct. 18.

Environment Minister Mary Polak assures us there are no issues with the water management at the contaminated-soil landfill site at Shawnigan Lake. Anyone who has seen what is preventing the rains from washing the contaminants into the Shawnigan Lake watershed would question the basis for Polak’s confidence.

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For example, one component that is “protecting” the environment are multiple pieces of thin plastic sheets of various colours held together by tape and anchored in place by short rebar stakes, hundreds of rubber tires and the odd wooden pallet. Not the world-class environmental engineering that the operating company boasts of.

I invite people to view this “world-class” engineering and decide whether the Ministry of Environment cares about our environment.

Bernhard H.J. Juurlink

Mill Bay

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