FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Environment and Local Government has ordered the American Iron & Metal Company Inc. to shut down all operations, effective immediately.

The facility, which is located at the Port of Saint John, has been the site of explosions in recent weeks.

“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.”

Along with the immediate shutdown, the order requires the company to submit a plan to eliminate explosions and the impact of excessive noise and vibration within 60 operational days.

“It is important that companies work with us, while respecting their neighbours and the environment,” said Carr.

The order will remain in effect until further notice.