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7th December 2015
Lindsay Kines / Times Colonist
December 4, 2015 11:56 AM

A contaminated-soil landfill near Shawnigan Lake has received a green light from the Ministry of Environment to continue operating.

In a statement released this morning, the ministry said that Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. is complying with its permit under the Environmental Management Act.

“The ministry will continue to monitor the site closely,” the statement said. “To-date samples have shown no concerns for human health or environmental impacts.”

The ministry said its staff “believe there are no issues with the contact water-management systems” on the site.

But an independent qualified professional will conduct a full review of how water is managed on the site, the ministry said.

Neither Environment Minister Mary Polak nor anyone else from the ministry was made available to answer questions.

The ministry has been under intense pressure to close the landfill following a suspected overflow of stormwater from the site on Nov. 13.

Following the incident, Island Health issued a do-not-use water advisory for the south end of Shawnigan Lake. The advisory was lifted a few days later after the Environment Ministry said there was no threat to human or aquatic health.

But the advisory fuelled opposition to the site among Shawnigan residents, who have been fighting the landfill for years, fearing that contaminants will leach from the site and pollute their water supply.

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