Regional district calls off soil disposal plan

  • Feb. 9, 2007 5:00 p.m.

by Alex Rinfret–The regional district has told hazardous material company Quantum Remediation that it cannot ship contaminated soil to the islands landfill near Port Clements for treatment. Burnaby-based Quantum had been discussing various scenarios for dealing with the 7,000 metric tons of soil from Kitkatla, but as of Friday morning (Feb. 9), regional district waste management superintendent Tim Des Champ said the Charlottes are no longer being considered as a destination for the material. “The public didn’t want it,” he said. Port Clements council protested the plan earlier this week, and Mr. Des Champ also heard from several upset islanders. The Council of the Haida Nation was also opposed, he said. Mr. Des Champ said he’s not sure what will happen with the contaminated soil now. “All that Quantum informed me was they will look at different options,” he said. In the future, if a similar situation comes up, regional district staff will consult with the CHN and the islands solid waste advisory committee before making any decisions, Mr. Des Champ said.

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