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EAB Grants SIA Variance to Stay Despite Opposition by SRA and CVRD

11 February 2014 
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) 

Shawnigan Lake, BC: In a decision released earlier today, the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) has varied its earlier ruling and will now allow South Island Aggregates aka Cobble Hill Holdings to dump 40,000 tons of contaminated soil into its landfill before the merits of the case are heard by the board.

The SRA is deeply disappointed and concerned by this decision. "As an organization and as a community we are stunned that the EAB would allow the proponents to dump contaminated soils on their property before this matter is heard next month. Although we have no choice but to respect the board's decision we are in complete opposition and will continue to fight the contaminated soil permit" said Calvin Cook, SRA Vice President.

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The SRA is engaged in legal proceedings which are before the BC Environmental Appeal Board against South Island Aggregates (SIA) aka Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) who have been granted a permit by the BC Ministry of the Environment to dump 5 million tonnes of Contaminated Soil on a slope above Shawnigan Lake. The soils will include dioxins, furans, heavy metals, BTEX, MTBE, VPHs, LEPHs/HEPHs, PAHs, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, Phenolic Substances, Chloride, Sodium and Glycol to name a few of the contaminates. The SRA believes any level of risk associated with the dumping of these types of chemicals is unacceptable because of the irreversible effects. Sean Hern and Robert Anderson QC of Farris LLP are representing the SRA.

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