NEW GLASGOW – Maritime Steel owner Abbas Jafarnia appears to have changed his mind and decided to stay in New Glasgow. But he’ll have some red tape to cut through before he can reopen the business.
Marc Theriault with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment confirmed they had received a request to renew the foundry’s operating permit. Theriault explained this is standard procedure and must be done because the business’s previous permit expired.
Maritime Steel will be required to send in an application with supporting document outlining what they plan to do. They’ll also have to hold a public consultation.
“We will review the information and if it meets our requirements we’ll issue an operating approval,” Theriault said. “For an industrial facility, there’s quite a bit of information required.”
Theriault said that all approvals have expiry dates. Once the expiry date comes and goes, as was the case with Maritime Steel, you have to have a new approval. If they were operating, though, there would have been the option to simply renew.
“We will be requiring that he put a public notice in the paper and hold a public meeting and he’ll collect all the comments that he receives on his proposed activities.”
Theriault said the application is in place, but they are waiting for some supporting documentation.
“Once we get more information we require, an approval will be issued.”
Reached by phone Tuesday, Jafarnia confirmed that he had made the application and is hoping to reopen the business, but said he couldn’t comment any further at that time.
In August, Jafarnia told The News that because of lack of government support he saw little hope for the business and had plans to sell the equipment to a company near Niagara Falls, Ont.