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Letter to the Editor: Soil-dumping decision is baffling

Victoria Times Colonist
February 20, 2014 05:11 PM

Re: "Company defends soil dumping," Feb. 14.

I was surprised and alarmed by the article about South Island Aggregates' application for a contaminated-soil dump just above Shawnigan Lake.

Initially, the Environmental Appeal Board imposed a stay on any dumping pending the outcome of the appeal against the project. That ruling, just three months ago, said in part: "Given that the contaminated soil that is permitted to be received and landfilled at the facility may include persistent and highly toxic chemicals such as dioxins and furans, there may be harm that could not be remedied."

Now, just weeks before the appeal is set to be heard in early March, the stay has been varied and dumping allowed. It makes absolutely no sense to undercut the validity of the appeal process. It is baffling beyond belief.

Steve Housser

Shawnigan Lake

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