CN’s Ontario rail hub plan scrapped by Federal Court judge

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A Federal Court has revoked Ottawa’s approval for Canadian National Railway Co.’s (CN Rail) proposed rail-and-truck hub in Milton, Ontario, citing insufficient consideration of the project’s potential impact on human health and air quality. Initially approved by Cabinet in January 2021, the $250-million project intended to double CN’s line and facilitate the transfer of containers between rail cars and trucks in Ontario’s Halton Region. The court’s decision mandates a reevaluation of the project, emphasizing the need for a thorough assessment of environmental and health impacts. CN is reviewing the Federal Court’s decision and has reiterated its commitment to the Milton Logistics Hub.  Authorization to build the Project was subject to Canada’s most extensive environmental review process resulting in an approval including 325 conditions designed to protect both the community and the environment.

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