The BC Supreme Court has sided with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, ruling against a controversial contaminated soil site in Shawnigan Lake.
Its one of two court cases launched against the operation by the Cowichan valley regional district.
“In the community right now we’re pretty excited,” says Sierra Acton with the Shawingan Lake Residents Association.
Last March, after a nearly two year battle, the province upheld a permit allowing South Island Aggregates to truck in five-million tons of contaminated soil from greater Victoria for processing at a quarry outside the village.
But local residents insist the move has led to air pollution and water contamination in the same area where the region’s drinking water comes from.
The Malahat First Nation, along with the B.C. Green party have also joined the fight to oppose the project.
Now, Acton says its her understanding that dumping at the contaminated soil site must stop immediately.
“Well I hope so. I understand they are supposed to cease all operations.”
She says its now up to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, which issued a permit for that operation to decide how to proceed.
“The ruling is that the land use is not permitted for any remedial contaminated soil on site. I don’t understand yet if the permit still stands because its a permit issued by the B.C. ministry of environmnet. They will have to listen to the judge’s ruling.”
“The site is not permitted to take cleanfill so I don’t know from their standpoint what kind of business they are going to operate now.”
The provincial government has recently said it is closely monitoring the site and has found no threat to human or animal health.
Tomorrow the group will be holding a demonstration outside Environment minister Mary Polak’s office.
With files from Simon Little