The Council of Canadians Victoria and Mid-Island chapters are celebrating the cancellation of a waste discharge permit that allowed a quarry upstream from Shawnigan Lake to receive and store up to 100,000 tonnes a year of contaminated soil.
Shawnigan Lake is located about 25 kilometres north of Victoria and about 70 kilometres south of Nanaimo.
The dump site put at risk the drinking water supply for 12,000 people.
The Globe and Mail now reports, "The provincial government has cancelled a waste-discharge permit for a company that runs a contaminated soil-disposal site near Shawnigan Lake, delighting community activists who have spent years fighting the project. The decision – announced Thursday by British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak – follows a permit suspension last month and is the latest twist for a project that galvanized a community and triggered several court proceedings."
Among chapter activities over the past three years: