Safer and Healthier Port Operations for Saint John Homeowners
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For several years, residents have been subjected to routine explosions, plumes of dust, and smoke from the American Iron and Metal facility, located on the port, in the west side of Saint John. Meanwhile, when ships arrive to collect the scrap metal, the Saint John Port Authority continues the practice of 24/7 dumping of scrap metal into ships, making it impossible for many residents in the area to sleep at night.
It is well understood that noise and air pollution of this nature can impact the health and safety of families living nearby. We are asking anyone who has been directly impacted to complete this 5 minute survey to help provide factual evidence of the impact the noise and pollution is having on residents in the area: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8L35N3
Not only do these operations impact the well-being of the community, they have a direct impact on the local economy. Since the 2012 expansion of the AIM Scrap metal plant, over 2/3 of property owners near the facility have lost value on their homes, representing a loss of over $3 Million dollars in equity, and over $80,000 in lost property tax revenue each year. See detailed spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z1EU7ikmv6jsOyjzxjNv8ihmZ-_nasG1g6qyBkVEuGk/edit?usp=sharing
Other Ports in Canada have shown a willingness to work with the community to manage noise and pollution. The Port of Vancouver, for example, has adopted a comprehensive strategy to manage noise from the port: https://www.portvancouver.com/about-us/topics-of-interest/managing-port-noise/
We are requesting that the Saint John Port Authority, the NB Department of Environment, the NB Department of Health, and the City of Saint John work together to develop a well-defined strategy to manage noise and air pollution from the AIM Scrap Metal facility, to ensure a better future for families and property owners living in the area.
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