Who operates the 460 Stebbings Road site?
South Island Resource Management Ltd. (SIRM), entered into a renewable long-term operating agreement with the site owner in April, 2015. Following extensive construction, SIRM formally took control of the site on June 11, 2015. South Island Aggregates Ltd. (SIA) or its ownership does not hold any ownership on South Island Resource Management Ltd.
What happened to the former operator of the site?
South Island Aggregates (SIA), a subsidiary of Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. (BC0754588, “CHH”), ceased all operations at the site. SIA has no involvement in the current operation of the site.
What is being discharged to Shawnigan Lake?
What are you doing at the site?
We produce and sell rock products, including high-quality armour stone, rip rap and various crushed rock products. We also accept non-hazardous soil for use in mine reclamation.
What kind of soil do you accept?
We only accept soils that have been tested by a qualified environmental professional that are deemed to be at contaminated soil levels as set out by the BC Government. We do not accept soils that are deemed to be hazardous or toxic waste. After we accept the material, we retest the soil for quality assurance using an approved independent laboratory.
What do you do with contaminated soil?
We encapsulate it. We construct sealed-off cells of compacted contaminated soil on the quarry floor. To close the cell we cap it with clayey soil and then cover it with thick soil that is suitable for re-vegetation.
How long is the site going to operate?
We have an exceptional reserve of hard, dense rock that is ideal for applications such as breakwaters, shore protection, wall rock, etc. Depending on average annual production, we project an operating life of 40 years or more.
What happens when the quarry is mined out?
We’ll install a final compacted clay cap on the bulk reclamation fill cells, then create final grade using of soil meeting the residential land use standards. The site will then be suitable for any of a wide variety of uses, including residential homes or re-vegetation for ecosystem services.
What would happen in the event of an earthquake?
The site is designed to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake.
Are you on an aquifer?
There is no specifically named bedrock aquifer mapped beneath the site, but drilling indicates that deep fractured bedrock can be used for water supply. In fact, we use an on-site well for irrigation and dust control. To protect water resources, we collect and treat water that may come in contact with contaminated soils to a drinking water standard or better.
Where is the permanent cover on the soil management area recommended by the Environmental Appeals Board?
The amended Ministry of Environment permit PR-105809, requires that a permanent cover go on before March 20, 2016. Meantime, we use an accepted industry norm of 6 mil polyethylene sheets for day-to-day cover.
Can soil from the mine leave the site on truck wheels?
We use an automatic wheel and undercarriage wash for out-bound trucks as they exit the soil management area. The area in front of the soil management area is paved to make clean-up easy. The wheel wash is followed by a stop-and-inspect station with a manual hose and brush system. Some people have asked why we don’t wash inbound trucks. Truck operators are required to maintain their vehicles in accordance with provincial standards.
Do you have a community advisory panel?
A Community Advisory Panel will be in place by March of 2016.
What about Lot 21, the fill site to the north of you?
We do not operate or use Lot 21
Can I get a tour of the site?
Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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