Contaminated soil dump not permitted use: court

The court ruled that the dumping of the soil at the Stebbings Road facility is not a permitted use under CVRD bylaws.

  • Mar. 21, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Citizen

Both B.C. Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver and B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan released statements Monday lauding a ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court against the dumping of contaminated soil at a contentious site in Shawnigan Lake.

The court ruled that the dumping of the soil at the Stebbings Road facility is not a permitted use under Cowichan Valley Regional District bylaws.

“This court decision is very welcome news, and vindicates the Shawnigan Lake community members who have been protesting against the dumping of contaminated soil on the property,” said Horgan. “Hopefully this Supreme Court decision will put a halt to this nonsense, and the [Christy]Clark government will assure residents that this sort of thing won’t happen again.”

“I want to recognize the hard work of Shawnigan Lake residents in coming together as a community and standing up for their rights in the face of government inaction. This is a vindication of their concerns, and wouldn’t have been possible without their tireless effort,” said Weaver.

“I look forward to reviewing the ruling and working with local politicians and residents to ensure that we continue to move this issue forward in a way that protects the rights of the Shawnigan Lake community.”

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