Impacts and risks

Social and Environmental Impact Study

IFFCO Canada commissioned the conduct of a social and environmental impact study in relation to the project. This study was carried out by a team of engineering, environment and sustainable development experts.

Essential study content

  • Inventory of the natural and human environment of the area being considered for plant setup
  • Identification of plant wastes and disamenities
  • Analysis of host environment: physical, biological and human
  • Identification and evaluation of impact and mitigation measures – construction and operation phases
  • Surveillance and monitoring programs – construction and operation phases
  • Analysis of technological risks – formulation and assessment of accident scenarios
  • Community consultation
  • Commitment by IFFCO Canada to a social responsibility and
    sustainable development process

Knowledge of impact

The construction and future presence of the IFFCO Canada plant will impact the environment in a number of different ways. Impact intensity has been divided into several different categories:  inconsequential, negligible, low, medium and high.

Types of impact analysed

  • Air: atmospheric emissions, dust, smoke, etc.
  • Water: treatment of effluent, discharge of industrial wastewater, etc.
  • Soil: wetland and flood plain, impact mitigation measures
  • Noise: impact of industrial operations from noise standpoint
  • Odours: impact of odours generated by industrial operations
  • Visual aspect: impact on countryscape, light pollution, etc.
  • Transport: impact on road, maritime and rail traffic during construction and operation phases
  • Socioeconomic impact: jobs, taxes, training

Risk control

During the operational phase, IFFCO Canada activities will entail the production and handling of hazardous materials. The risks associated with this type of industry are known, controlled and monitored.

Risks analysed

  • Identification of hazardous materials handled onsite
  • Identification and characterization of risks
  • Recommended distance between plant and inhabited areas
  • Natural risks: flood, earthquake, etc.
  • Technological risks: explosion, fire, ammonia leakage
  • Modelling of impact zone based on event scenario
  • Preventive measures and risk management
  • Intervention measures