Federal court rules in favour of Milton, Region, in fight against CN truck-rail yard proposal

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Published March 1, 2024 at 4:55 pm

A massive victory was just handed down by the Federal Court of Canada for those fighting the proposed CN intermodal truck-rail facility in Milton.

On Friday, March 1, the court ruled in favour of the Town of Milton and Halton Region, finding the decisions of the federal minister and cabinet failed to fulfill their duty to protect human health.

The project cannot now proceed without going back to the federal government for reconsideration, including a full evaluation of the effects of the project.

“This has been a long battle to protect the health of our residents,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “We are delighted our concerns have been heard.”

In 2020, the Environmental Review Panel found that CN’s proposed truck-rail hub in Milton would have significant adverse effects on the health of Halton residents. This is the only project ever subject to a federal environmental panel review found likely to cause significant adverse effects on human health.

“The Court noted Federal Cabinet’s decision was flawed and unreasonable,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our concerns about the health and safety of our residents have been heard loud and clear and we are very pleased with the Court’s decision.”

There are also additional concerns about safety due to the potential for increased traffic. The project site is located within one kilometre of more than 34,000 residents, one hospital, 12 schools, and two long-term care homes.

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