Environment Ministry agrees to investigate dirt dumping
There’s been a show of cooperation from the province on getting to the bottom of the dirt piles in South Cowichan.
The chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Rob Hutchins, met with Environment Minister Terry Lake Tuesday and said the B.C. government has agreed to test 11 sites in the valley to see whether the dirt, coming over the Malahat by the truckload from construction sites in Victoria, is contaminated.
“They have agreed to do that, so they’re going to do an investigation of those 11 sites.”
Hutchins admitted it will take time for officials to get samples and results on the composition of the dirt but said he wants to see progress as soon as possible.
“We’re going to hold their feet to the fire, to be frank, but we didn’t get a timeline but there was indication that this would be a priority for them.”
The CVRD estimates over a thousand truckloads come over the Malahat in one month offloading their fill at sites around the Cowichan Valley.
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