BC Hydro again ordered to control water runoff, erosion during Site C construction

BC Hydro is once again being ordered by provincial environment officers to address and control erosion concerns at a Site C construction work site.

An inspection carried out from May 1 to 3 found the company had failed to to control runoff water and sediment after the Portage Mountain Quarry was cleared.

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According to a May 14 order from the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, BC Hydro failed to comply with a previous April 2016 order to put a plan in place to manage water and erosion and sediment control throughout the project area.

BC Hydro, which holds an environmental assessment certificate from the agency required to build Site C, also failed to comply with two other conditions of its certificate related to environmental management planning and sediment transportation. 

Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer Warren Fekete orded BC Hydro to implement measures to control runoff water, soil erosion, and sediment transport by May 16.

In a statement, BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway said the company has completed more than 10,000 site inspections to monitor compliance with erosion and sediment control requirements since July 2016.

"Erosion and sediment controls were in place at Portage Mountain Quarry; however, the Environmental Assessment Office determined that they weren’t sufficient," Conway said.

"BC Hydro takes orders from the regulators seriously. We took immediate action to improve the control measures and provided evidence to the EAO once they were in place."

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

[Updates with BC Hydro statement.]

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