American Iron and Metal (AIM) has been given the go-ahead to resume operations after a forced shut down last week following explosions at the yard.
The scrap yard’s Saint John, New Brunswick site was ordered to close down following explosion sounds that exceeded the certified limits during the incident. According to reports, these events have been reported for several years. In fact, the recycling facility has been paused many times since June 2017.
Media reports noted that the province sent inspectors to the facility to examine the changes made by the plant after its most recent incident. Per reports, their concerns have been addressed and actions were implemented to minimize further issues.
The scrap yard’s shredder feed is at the center of the ongoing concerns of the residents in the area. The stockpiling in the shredder feed area makes it difficult to view the material. However, AIM has said that it has hired more staff to screen then load material for timely shredding so that storage may be avoided, according to media reports.
Yet, Saint John residents may not be appeased as environmental issues have also been a large part of concerns. Some locals continue to push for the company to relocate to an industrial location as it is currently situated on federal land at Port Saint John, especially if the recycler plans to expand.