Canadian National Railway updates Regional Council on proposed Milton Logistics Hub

Posted on Friday May 29, 2015

News release-

On May 27, the Canadian National Railway (CN) presented an update to Regional Council on the proposed Milton Logistics Hub and responded to detailed comments by members of Council about the potential impacts on the environment and surrounding community, including the need for a full regulatory approval process. 

CN’s presentation to Regional Council follows two important regulatory decisions that were announced last week.  On May 13, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) ordered CN to obtain federal approval under the Canadian Transportation Act, and on May 22, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) issued their decision requiring CN to undertake a federal Environmental Assessment (EA) process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

“The Town of Milton is pleased with the recent regulatory decisions made by the CTA and CEAA,” said Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. “While the Town of Milton recognizes that the movement of goods is necessary for the economy, the CN proposal highlights the potential for significant impacts and must be assessed in accordance with all Federal, Provincial and municipal regulatory requirements.”

The regulatory decisions by the CTA and CEAA support municipal efforts to clarify the scope of federal review.

“Halton Region will continue to work together with the local municipalities as part of the regulatory review process to ensure that the municipal voice and the voice of our residents are heard. I encourage everyone interested in this review to provide comments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton Region also maintains that CN is subject to municipal requirements in addition to the federal processes, and we intend to hold CN accountable to those requirements.”

The next phase of federal regulatory review for the CN project involves the CEAA Environmental Assessment which has just commenced. As part of this phase the CEAA has released draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) guidelines for public comment. The stated deadline for comment is June 21, 2015. The draft EA guidelines are also available in hard copy at all public library main branches throughout Halton Region and the Mississauga Public Library, Central Branch.

For more information about the proposed Milton Logistics Hub visit the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, The Canadian Transportation Agency, Halton Region or The Town of Milton.

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Media Contacts:

Samantha Thompson
Corporate Policy Advisor
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 6088

Brett Kelly 
Communications Specialist
Town of Milton
905-878-7252, ext. 2154