Draft permit issued for contaminated soil dumping in Shawnigan Lake quarry
Shawnigan Lake residents fear their drinking-water aquifer will be polluted under Victoria's draft permit that could allow South Island Aggregates Ltd. to dump contaminated soil in a lake-area quarry.
"It'll render Shawnigan Lake useless and dead, and we can't allow that," resident Rick Restell said of the Tuesday's draft permit carrying an additional 14-day comment period to the environment ministry.
SIA's Marty Block was unavailable at press time.
His firm's draft permit, concerning its landfill site at 640 Stebbings Rd., was granted by the ministry to Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. (BC0754588).
If the permit's eventually OKed, it would carry a formal 30-day appeal period about dumping of 100,000 tonnes of fouled soil annually.
That permit would allow SIA to “receive, treat, utilize and landfill contaminated soil and ash to the cavity created by an advancing hard-rock quarry.”