Operations at the American Iron and Metal facility on the west side of the port have been suspended following another explosion today.
Mayor Don Darling says he was informed of the explosion and shut down by Environment Minister Gary Crossman. He says the Minister is very concerned about the explosions. Crossman says his Department is closely monitoring the situation. A department inspector was onsite today and will be onsite again tomorrow.
The minister goes on to say if the department determines standards within the Approval to Operate are not being followed – he “can and will exercise the appropriate authorities.” Today’s explosion is the second significant incident in less than a week.
Darling read the statement as he sought and received council’s approval for a letter to the Port – its board – the Environment Minister and local MLAs – and MP Wayne Long calling on all parties to ensure enforcement of all conditions to operate and consider all options including tougher fines and penalties.
Speaking prior to the vote on the Mayor’s motion – Councillor David HIckey says it is a clear disregard for the community and he says “we deserve better.” Councillor John MacKenzie feels the port is no place for a facility like that.
Meantime – Darling says he has a call scheduled for tomorrow with AIM.