Mayor Don Darling is on a mission to reduce the impact of the American Iron and Metal shredding operation. The facility was the scene of another explosion that shook windows and buildings on both sides of the harbour Wednesday evening. The company has been at the centre of controversy about noise and pollution since the shredder operation opened almost 10-years ago.
Darling says he doesn’t believe the facility is meeting certain conditions in its provincial Certificate of Approval to operate and the ongoing issues are impacting the quality of life of residents – their property values – and the city’s ability to attract new people to the area.
The mayor will ask council to approve a letter to all parties involved in any way with the operation – and – that letter is going to have a number of asks:
Darling says no other community in Atlantic Canada would put up with or be expected to put up with explosions and noise that is generated by the AIM facility. The mayor also thinks the lack of any kind of comment by the company following Wednesday’s explosion is basically a slap in the face to residents of the city.