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CVRD launches stay on dirty-dirt dumping at SIA's south-end treatment pit
Keep dirty dirt out of SIA's south-end soil-treatment site while we appeal its soil-treatment permit.
Cowichan Valley Regional District's requested stay of soil dumping was filed last week with B.C.'s Environmental Appeal Board.
The CVRD has also launched an EAB appeal about South Island Aggregates' provincial permit — approved by environment ministry bureaucrat Hubert Bunce in August.
"We're asking the Environmental Appeal Board to issue a stay to prevent SIA from doing any contaminated-soil work until such time as the appeal board has heard the appeal, and rendered a decision," CVRD Chairman Rob Hutchins' press release reads.
A stay and permit appeal are also being sought by Shawnigan Residents Association lawyers.
Those folks — footing their legal bills privately — and the CVRD are co-operating to stop importation of some five million tonnes of fuel-fouled earth from SIA's yawning quarry treatment pit off Stebbings Road.
Residents and regional directors believe the dirty dirt, from unknown places, will eventually pollute Shawnigan watershed's drinking water.
The CVRD also seeks a B.C. Supreme Court ruling on if the provincial permit must have considered regional zoning that doesn't allow soil treatment in the pit.
"We feel we have no option but to pursue this matter on legal grounds," Hutchins says of taxpayer legal action.
"We can leave no stone unturned in our efforts to protect the drinking water of thousands of people in Shawnigan Lake."