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Council of Canadians: Shawnigan Lake residents take action to protect their drinking water from the dumping of contaminated soil

December 3, 2015 - 9:00am

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The situation at Shawnigan Lake has become more intense this past week as residents step up their efforts to protect drinking water in the area.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter and the broader community opposes South Island Aggregates dumping contaminated soil at a gravel pit near Shawnigan Lake given it puts at risk the drinking water for 12,000 people. The site will receive up to 100,000 tons of contaminated soil per year for fifty years.

The site itself is located on top of an aquifer, beside a creek leading to the community's drinking water.

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