B.C.’s environment minister says so far there have been no serious issues threatening the health of humans or the environment at the controversial contaminated soil dumping site in Shawnigan Lake.
Mary Polak says the community and area First Nation are in the middle of a hearing process.
Polak says her office continues to work with the Cowichan Valley Regional District but so far everything looks above board.
“Our compliance and enforcement staff have been visiting the site regularly, responding to any complaints, conducting testing, and they have not found any incidents of concern for the environment or for human health. Certainly if they were to find anything like that they would act immediately.”
Polak says if they had found anything her staff would act immediately.
“Well right now they are in the middle of a hearing process and so that will unfold. We are continuing to work with the Cowichan Valley Regional District. We have meetings coming up with them to discuss what kind of ongoing monitoring would be appropriate to ensure that they have the confidence in the test results that we are getting et cetera.”
Area residents fighting the dumping site have launched a judicial review in BC Supreme Court to try and have the environmental permit for the site yanked.