March 25, 2019 — The Review Panel established for the joint process for the review of the proposed Milton Logistics Hub Project is notifying participants that the Proponent, the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), has responded to Information Request packages 6 to 8.
The Review Panel now invites the public, Indigenous groups, governments and other participants to submit written comments on the sufficiency of CN‘s responses to Information Request packages 6, 7 and 8, following the Review Panel’s submission procedure (CEAR #523). Comments regarding the sufficiency of the responses are due by April 9, 2019.
Information Request packages 1 to 8 were prepared by the Review Panel in relation to CN‘s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and application to the Canadian Transportation Agency. The Review Panel previously held a comment period on CN‘s responses to Information Request packages 1-5.
CN‘s responses are available on the public registry with the following document numbers:
- Package 6 – #714
- Package 7 – #680
- Package 8 – #705, #714, #722, #732
Comments or recommendations for additional information that have already been submitted to the Review Panel do not need to be sent again. All comments received will be considered public and will be posted to the online public registry.
The Review Panel will consider all comments received from participants when deciding whether it has received sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing. Once the Review Panel determines that the EIS contains sufficient information it will schedule and announce the public hearing. The Review Panel will provide a minimum of 60 days’ notice of the start of the public hearing.
Written comments in either official language should be sent by April 9, 2019 to:
Panel Manager, Milton Logistics Hub Project
c/o Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
The Proposed Project and the joint process for the review
The Canadian National Railway Company is proposing the construction and operation of a logistics hub, designed to transfer containers between trucks and railcars. The project would be located in Milton, Ontario on 400-acres of CN-owned land, and would include a railway yard with more than 20 km of track.
The joint process for the review of the Milton Logistics Hub was established to ensure an efficient single window process for the federal environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and the collection of information that may be used for a potential decision on the project by the Canadian Transportation Agency. To find out more about the process and the Review Panel’s mandate see the Agreement between the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Chair of the Canadian Transportation Agency to establish the joint process for the review.