Some Shawnigan Lake residents are calling the suspension of a waste discharge permit by the Provincial Environment Minister a small victory.
The suspension of Cobble Hill Holdings’ waste discharge permit near Shawnigan Lake was announced Friday.
In a statement, Mary Polak said she suspended Cobble Hill Holdings’ permit because it failed to address both outstanding and past non-compliances.
Calvin Cook, President of the Shawnigan Residents Association, says they feel vindicated that the issues they pointed out have been heard.
He says they hired scientific experts to look at the site – who validated their concerns.
“We’d take a scientific approach and hired qualified scientific experts, hydro-geologists to look at the site and just validate our concerns… and we feel that we’ve been vindicated and that the site is unsuitable and should never of been considered. If they’re not allowed within an agricultural land reserve, truly they shouldn’t be allowed within a community, a drinking watershed.”
Cook says residents presented a petition with over 15,000 signatures from across the province.
“The citizens of Shawnigan Lake would like to see the permit cancelled and the 100,000… 150,000 pounds of contaminated soil currently stored on that site, have them removed to a more suitable site, and the site rehabilitated.”
Minister of Environment Mary Polak says if the issues are not resolved within 15 business days, she will cancel the permit.