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
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.
- 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