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Metal Recycling News June 06, 2019 12:30:05 PM

American Iron & Metal's Controversial Auto Shredder Receives Extension of Permit

Paul Ploumis
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Multiple explosions at the shredder had led to officials issuing a stop-work order on November 22nd last year.
American Iron & Metal's Controversial Auto Shredder Receives Extension of Permit

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The auto shredder operations of American Iron & Metal (AIM) at Port of Saint John, New Brunswick received six months extension of its permit from the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government. The extension, effective June 1, comes with stricter controls on the operations of the facility.

As per the new order, AIM will have to suspend shredding operations if explosions exceed 104 decibels. It must be noted that the threshold limit has now been reduced from the existing 109 decibels. Also, AIM is ordered to continue monitoring and mitigating issues including noise, dust explosions and surface water runoff, which were some of the key issues raised by nearby residents. In addition, the company is required to conduct regular audits of suppliers to reduce deliveries of explosive materials.

Commenting on granting permit extension to the shredder facility, local environment minister Jeff Carr noted that the Ministry will continue to hold AIM accountable. It will be ensured that the company will continue to be vigilant in its operations so as to avoid excessive vibrations or noise during its operations. AIM has made significant progress in the past six months, Carr added.

Multiple explosions at the shredder had led to officials issuing a stop-work order on November 22nd last year. It has been operating under probationary period and interim permit since then, which was due to expire on June 8th.

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