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SIA files Christmas eve motion

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Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:18 PM

Dates have been set for the appeal hearing regarding South Island Aggregates permit approval in Shawnigan but that's not stopping the company from trying to move forward at the site.

The company has already dumped soil on a site near the Shawnigan Lake and has been ordered by the Ministry of Environment to clean it up.

Shawnigan Residents Association spokesperson, Jason Walker says they have yet to do that.

In the meantime, on Christmas eve, South Island Aggregates asked the Environmental Appeals Board to lift its stay order and allow 40 thousand tons of contaminated soil to be dumped immediately on their property near Shawnigan Lake.

Walker says the Association was "rather surprised" the company would file a motion like that on Christmas eve.

He figures the company was hoping no one would notice.

Walker says the Shawigan Residents Association has filed a preliminary objection to the move and plans to fight "hard" to keep it from happening.

Walker says the Association also filed a motion against a move by South Island Aggregates to strike the CVRD and 3 private landowners from being heard at a March 2014 Environmental Appeals Board hearing into a decision on the dumping of contaminated soil at the Shawnigan Lake site.

In the meantime, the Shawnigan legal action fund, which aims to raise 2 hundred thousand dollars to challenge any attempts to dump contaminated soil in the community is almost at the halfway point.

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