LR3 – Contaminated Soil Facility – Threat to Drinking Watershed in Shawnigan Lake – Cowichan Valley RD

WHEREAS the Province of British Columbia appears on the verge of approving a contaminated soils facility that would permit the dumping of five million tons of highly contaminated material near the headwaters of the Shawnigan Lake drinking water watershed;

AND WHEREAS the citizens and Board of the Cowichan Valley Regional District have expressed their strong opposition to the proposed facility and the dumping of contaminated material in drinking water watersheds;

AND WHEREAS there are significant conflicting hydrogeological and technical opinions about the risk the facility would pose to the environment and people’s drinking water;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities support the residents of Shawnigan Lake, the Cowichan communities and the Cowichan Valley Regional District in calling on the Province of British Columbia to invoke the precautionary principle and deny the Waste Discharge Permit Application for property at 460 Stebbings Road in Shawnigan Lake;

AND FURTHER that the Province of British Columbia be requested to amend contaminated site regulations to provide for thorough and appropriate consideration of local government input and land use regulations in the contaminated soils permitting process.

ON MOTION, was ENDORSED