Minister Environment Mary Polak has issued the following statement regarding the BC Supreme Court ruling on Shawnigan Lake judicial review:
“Justice Sewell’s decision regarding Shawnigan Lake judicial review means no contaminated soil will be received at the Shawnigan Lake site until further notice.
“This particular case was about the Shawnigan Residents Association alleging the company engaged in fraudulent behavior. The allegations are not against the Province.
“The Province is concerned around Justice Sewell’s findings with respect to the way evidence was presented to the Environmental Appeal Board . The ministry will take time to review the decision to determine how this impacts the Province’s role in permitting the facility.
“In a separate process, as noted in my correspondence to the company on Nov. 4, 2016, I am considering suspending or cancelling the company’s Environmental Management Act permit specific to a review of whether the company is satisfying the conditions of its permit.”