The Shawnigan Residents’ Association has won a major court battle in its ongoing efforts to stop the storage of contaminated soil in a quarry uphill from Shawnigan Lake.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Sewell has set aside a decision by B.C.’s environmental appeal board and reinstated a stay of the permit that allowed Cobble Hill Holdings to receive and store up to 100,000 tonnes of contaminated soil a year at its quarry.
In a 49-page decision released this morning, Sewell referred the case back to the environmental appeal board for reconsideration. The stay of the permit is reinstated until further order by the appeal board, he said.
B.C.’s Ministry of Environment awarded a permit to Cobble Hill Holdings in 2013 to store up to 100,000 tonnes of contaminated soil a year at its quarry. The permit was stayed pending a ruling by the environmental appeal board, which upheld the permit in 2015.