CVRD and residents demand answers on dirt dumping
Residents in South Cowichan are speaking out about soil being dumped in their backyards.
And they're not alone.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is trying to get to the bottom of an apparent trend of trucks bringing loads over the Malahat.
The manager of planning and development, Tom Anderson, told SunFM News the province recognizes four "Contaminated Soil Relocation Agreements,” but he believes trucks are dumping more than what's officially being recognized.
“The Contaminated Soil Agreements are for a specific property, a specific tonnage, to go to a specific site. What about the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of tons of soil that are coming up here on a monthly and yearly basis, that are not being trucked under a Contaminated Soil Agreement?”
Mackenzie Brooks is a resident in Shawnigan Lake, who's noticed the high truck traffic between the Malahat and Stebbings Rd.
“The numbers of them are at a point, where I could not drive that section of the road, which is like a two minute drive, without passing four to six of those trucks. Either in front of me, behind me, or on the other side, and or all around me at the same time, and they drive fast, the go over the line, and they are quite intimidating.”
Anderson said they don't know whether the soil being dumped is clean or contaminated, and they want the province to help them find out.
Last week, the CVRD tested soil dumped in a driveway and found sodium and hydrocarbons. But, the Ministry issued a statement saying the material was only contaminated by high levels of sodium.
The CVRD has sent a letter to the Environment Ministry to ask for a meeting on the issue.
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