BC Supreme Court orders halt to Shawnigan Soil dumping
Huge news today for those that have played their part in the controversial soil dump positioned above Shawnigan Lake’s drinking watershed.
The BC Supreme Court has now ruled that the contaminated soil facility at 640 Stebbings Road is “not a permitted use on the property” under current zoning bylaws, bringing an end to one of the two court battles being waged by the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
The judge also gave the company an injunction that bars further importing of contaminated soil.
However, the judge declined to order the removal of contaminated soil currently on the property – citing “the difficulty in enforcing a mandatory injunction,” and leaving the matter to the Ministry of Environment and Environmental Appeal Board.
Residents are still waiting for the outcome of a judicial review of an Environmental Appeal Board to grant a permit to South Island Aggregates to operate the dump.
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