Saint John – Rothesay MP Wayne Long says he’s concerned about the severity and frequency of “recent explosion events” at the American Iron and Metal shredding operation on the west side of the port.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page last night – the MP says he has been meeting with residents – the mayor – provincial and federal officials – and representatives from AIM trying to find solutions to end the explosions. Long says it is clear the efforts have not produced an acceptable solution for those living near the facility – and – he says this is “completely untenable.”
The MP says while waiting for the provincial government to respond to calls for stricter enforcement – he will continue to work with related federal departments to see if there is any action that can be taken by the federal government to bring an “immediate end to these explosions.”
The shredder operation was shut down by the provincial Environment Department earlier this week following a series of explosions in the past week. Environment Minister Gary Crossman ordered inspectors to carry out a thorough investigation at the site. So far – there has not been any update on that investigation and how it relates to AIM’s temporary Certificate of Approval.