Government of Canada finally gave a nod to the ‘Milton Logistics Hub Project’, which was under the carpet of controversies for quiet a long time! Obstructed by some environmental assessments, the project was continuously procrastinated over years. Finally the master plan is drafted catering to ensure good projects that support economic growth and environmental protection get built.
According to the ‘Milton Logistics Hub Project’, the Canadian National Railway Company is proposing the construction and operation of a logistics hub, designed to transfer containers between trucks and rail cars. The project would include a railway yard with more than 20 kilometres of track and be located in Milton, Ontario, about 50 kilometres west of Toronto.
Strictly adhering to the environmental policies, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced recently that the Government of Canada’s decision to approve the Milton Logistics Hub Project should be subject to 325 conditions.
“Canadians expect us to take meaningful action to protect the environment while also supporting economic growth, not just for today but for future generations. Today’s decision to approve the Milton Logistics Hub Project, which is subject to a wide range of conditions that the Proponent must comply with to protect human health and the environment, demonstrates that the federal regulatory process meets the economic and environmental objectives of Canadians at the same time,” said the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
‘Milton Logistics Hub Project’ to flag off soon!
In addition to this, the Environment and Climate Change Canada intends to work with the Government of Ontario to develop a regional air quality management strategy in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.
In reality, the project is expected to reduce overall regional emissions for certain pollutants, including greenhouse gas emissions, by transitioning from trucks to lower-emitting train shipment. The Project will also contribute to a resilient economic recovery from COVID-19 by strengthening Canada’s supply chains, attracting investment, and boosting Canada’s trade potential by addressing bottlenecks in important corridors.
Along with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada will enforce conditions before construction, during construction, and over the course of all project operations. Failure by the Canadian National Railway Company to meet these conditions will be taken as a violation of the federal law.
The conditions never end here. Besides all these, the World Health Organization consistently shall rank Canada’s air among the cleanest in the world, considering the safety of about 25% of the Canadians who are still living in these areas. Hence in this context, the Government of Canada also intends to use the Strategy as a pilot approach to regional air shed management in Canada, under the Air Quality Management System.