Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 8:52 AM
By Liz Craig
HQ Cowichan Valley
The Shawnigan Residents Association is issuing a call to arms after the Ministry of Environment approved a controversial permit Wednesday allowing South Island Aggregates to dump contaminated soil in the area.
SRA Spokesperson Jason Walker says they are not going to allow the toxic dirt to be dumped in their watershed without putting up a fight.
"The Shawnigan Residents Association has engaged Ferris LLP, Sean Hern and Robert Andersen, to represent us in the appeals process and we will be immediately issuing notice of appeal as well as applying for a stay to ensure no contaminated soil is dumped until this matter is heard."
Walker adds they are disappointed that the ministry did not listen to the concerns of the community and deny the permit in the first place.
The MOE, for their part, say they did weigh all 300 submissions in the public consultation seriously, and tweaked the permit accordingly.
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