Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Court Orders Halt to Dumping of Contaminated Soil near Shawnigan Lake

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Court Orders Halt to Dumping of Contaminated Soil near Shawnigan Lake

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Victory for opponents of Vancouver Island landfill

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SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. - Residents around Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island are celebrating a court victory halting work at a quarry that accepts contaminated soil.

Regional Board Chairman Jon Lefebure said the B.C. Supreme Court injunction, issued Monday, upholds a Cowichan Valley Regional District zoning bylaw barring the stockpiling of contaminated soil at the landfill.

The court found the dumping of tainted soil was not an allowable use of the property, located about 32 kilometres north of Victoria.

One of the companies named in the order, South Island Resource Management, said it will immediately comply.

B.C. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver said property owner, Cobble Hill Holdings, may appeal but Weaver predicted both the owner and operator of the site would need direction from the B. …

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