B.C.’s Environment Minister is revoking the waste discharge permit for a controversial quarry near Shawnigan Lake because the owner has ignored government requirements.
Mary Polak says the province has given owner, Cobble Hill Holdings every opportunity to clean up the contaminated soil from their site.
“Just because the permit is cancelled, doesn’t mean the company no longer has obligations on the site, quite the contrary. They still are the ones who are responsible for the site and for maintaining it properly and dealing with any remediation necessary.”
In 2013, the ministry permitted the company to dump up to 100,000 pounds of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Lake Watershed annually.
Director of the Regional District and Green Party Candidate, Sonia Furstenau says residents have been working for this result for years but will watch to make sure the company fulfills their obligation.
“To have the permit revoked is a huge victory for this community and kudos to the minister for doing the right thing.”
The province says if the company doesn’t comply, their last resort is to pursue the company in court.
Last month the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in Cobble Hill Holdings’ favour; staying the permit.
CKNW has reached out to Cobble Hill Holdings but has not yet received a comment.
This story will be updated if and when one is available.