The American Iron and Metal shredding operation on the port’s west side remains quiet this morning. Environment Minister Gary Crossman ordered the shredding to cease following a recent series of explosions.
In an email late Friday afternoon – a spokesman for Crossman said the operation remains shut down “until the company can demonstrate it can mitigate recent issues.”
The latest round of explosions rattled windows and buildings on both sides of the harbour prompting outrage and concern from residents and various elected officials as well as AIM’s landlord – Port Saint John. The explosions have been blamed on various materials including old propane and gas tanks concealed in crushed vehicles and other scrap metal. In a recent Facebook post – the company outlined steps it has taken to reduce explosions and noise at the site.