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Deadline passes for shipbreaker to take action ordered by enviroment ministry

One deadline has passed for a shipbreaking operation in Union Bay ordered to stop polluting by the province, with no apparent change.

Deep Water Recovery was issued a pollution abatement order by the province last month, after the Ministry of Environment determined the operation was exceeding guidelines for releasing copper, lead, zinc and cadmium into the environment.

Tests in January showed the discharges were at levels lethal to aquatic life.

Deep Water Recovery was ordered by the province to hire a qualified professional to complete a detailed site report for the Ministry by March 29, and complete a sampling plan by April 15.

Failure to comply with the order could result in fines up to $300,000, or six months in jail, along with additional penalties up to $40,000.

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We have reached out to the company to ask if they will be able to meet the ministry’s deadlines, but so far have not yet received a response. We will update this story if more information becomes available.

Recent photos of the operation can be viewed at

For more information about the operation, including the history of the ships being dismantled, visit the Maritime Executive’s website.

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