City council should do everything in its power to stop Upland Excavating from expanding its landfill to accept non-hazardous solid waste, according to a report done for the Campbell River Environment Committee.
Matt Hulse, an articling student from the University of Victoria, told council that the city should act to prevent a proposed soil remediation facility that some environmentalists fear will impact the city’s drinking watershed.
“Putting a large quantity of toxins in a landfill on top of an aquifer that feeds local rivers and drinking water does not make sense from an environmental or public health perspective,” Hulse said at council’s May 24 meeting. “Fortunately, the City of Campbell River can prevent this from happening. It’s the right thing to do and you do indeed have the legal authority to do so.”