Halton municipalities are disappointed over the delay of the Federal Cabinet’s decision on the CN Truck-Rail Hub for a second time.
On Dec. 21, a notice was posted on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s (IAAC) website, indicating that the Governor in Council had extended the time limit for a decision on CN’s proposal for a truck-rail hub in Milton by 30 days.
On Sept. 21, the first delay was announced with a notice also posted on the IAAC website.
After voicing strong concerns about this project and the significant adverse effects it will cause to human health and the environment, the Halton Municipalities, together with the community and local MPs and MPPs are extremely disappointed by this second delay.
“The harm to health cannot be denied so it is incomprehensible that Federal Government has delayed their decision once again when they have all the information they need to refuse CN’s proposed project,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.
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“This delay is extremely frustrating to everyone involved. The Halton Municipalities, along with our local MPs and MPPs are united in our position this is not the right location for this truck-rail hub. It is time for the Federal Government to step up and make the right decision to protect the health and safety of our community by not approving the proposed CN project.”
Additionally, the Federal Review Panel has determined that this project is likely to have significant adverse effects on human health because of the pollutants involved.
The proposed location of the CN project is within one kilometre of approximately 34,000 current and future residents, one hospital, twelve schools and two long-term care homes.
The proposed truck-rail hub would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and result in at least 1,600 new trips to and from the facility daily by heavy-duty container trucks, which would cause significant and unavoidable health and environmental effects.
The Federal Review Panel also concluded that the project would cause significant effects on air quality, human health, wildlife habitat and land available for agricultural use.
For more information about CN’s proposal and the Halton Municipalities’ position on this project, please visit halton.ca/cn.