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SIA wants 40,000 tonnes of dirty soil while awaiting mother lode

Brenden Life, 11, makes his feelings known during a public meeting in Shawnigan Lake in March. - Peter W. Rusland/file
Brenden Life, 11, makes his feelings known during a public meeting in Shawnigan Lake in March.
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Forty-thousand tonnes of dirty soil covered SIA's Christmas list.

But south-end folks claim that's a contaminated gift they never want delivered by B.C.'s environmental Santa Claus.

In a motion filed late on Dec. 24, South Island Aggregates asked the Environmental Appeal Board to lift its stay order and allow 40,000 tonnes of contaminated soil to be dumped immediately on SIA's property — before the EAB hears a March appeal of SIA's soil-treatment permit allowing five million tonnes.

Those permitted soils hold toxins, including fuel, that sparked appeals by the Shawnigan Residents Association, and the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

"The SRA's position is that the (SIA's Stebbings Road) property is unsuitable for the deposit of contaminated soils," SRA's release says.

"The SRA believes this latest application by SIA simply asks the EAB to revisit a matter that has already been determined in the earlier ruling that prevents dumping of contaminated soil by SIA until the appeals are decided."

Dec. 10th saw the environment ministry issue an order to SIA to remove contaminated soil already dumped illegally on its property.

That dirty earth has been sitting with SIA's knowledge since 2011, SRA says, noting conservation officers are attempting to enforce the clean-up order.

SRA opposes any risk to Shawnigan Lake and its water sources.

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