Directors ask for action on dirty soil dumping
Enough is enough for some residents in South Cowichan who watch truckload after truckload of dirt being dumped in their backyards.
The director for Mill Bay/Malahat, Mike Walker, said truckers come to the Cowichan Valley to get gravel to take back to construction sites in Victoria. On their way here, they're bringing another load and sometimes dumping it in unauthorized areas.
“The trucks, instead of deadheading or coming back empty are bringing back fill from sites,” he explained. “Now, some of the fill may be clean and some of it may be contaminated, and this is what we’re trying to nail down.”
The Cowichan Valley Regional District has found at least six locations in the area that truckers are using as dumping grounds.
It's an issue that has been going on for some years, but last week was the last straw when someone reportedly dumped contaminated soil in a driveway in Shawnigan Lake.
Area directors on Tuesday were set to ask the board to pass a resolution that would see the CVRD work with the Central Regional District in Victoria to find out who's dumping the contaminated soil and to find a resolution.
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