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Canada scrap-metal plant ordered to shut down over explosions

23 November 2018

The New Brunswick provincial government has ordered an explosion-plagued metal recycling facility at the Port of Saint John to cease all operations immediately. The American Iron & Metal Company Inc. has been the scene of numerous blasts in recent weeks and continued operations, despite a September order from the landowner to cease operations after any explosion. 

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The American Iron and Metal scrap yard, located on Port Saint John property, has been the site of more than 40 explosions in the past 16 months, including several this week.

The company said about 50 people work at the site, according to CBC.

"The order requiring the immediate shutdown of all operations at the facility was delivered today,'' said Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr.

"We have been deeply concerned about the ongoing environmental issues at the site."

In addition to stopping work immediately, the order requires the company to submit a plan to eliminate explosions and the impact of excessive noise and vibration within 60 working days.

The yard underwent a $30 million expansion in 2011, increasing its capacity to 250,000 metric tonnes of scrap annually.

The company, founded in 1936 in Montreal, has 2,500 employees at 80 locations around the world and revenues exceeding $2 billion.

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