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Canada approves CN's proposed Milton Logistics Hub project

The project would include a railway with more than 12 miles of track.
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Canadian government officials announced last week they've approved CN's proposed Milton Logistics Hub project in Milton, Ontario, subject to 325 conditions.

The project, which would include a railway with more than 12 miles of track, is expected to reduce overall regional emissions for certain pollutants, including greenhouse gas emissions, by transitioning freight from trucks to train shipment.

Many of the conditions go beyond those initially proposed by the independent joint review panel and 40 of which address air quality specifically, Transport Canada officials said in a press release.

The conditions include measures to address effects on air quality, human health, groundwater and surface water, migratory birds, species at risk, fish and fish habitat, the use of lands and resources by Indigenous peoples, and physical and cultural heritage, Transport Canada officials said.

In addition, the government will require truck traffic to be limited to 800 vehicles entering the site per day, averaged over a month. The Impact Assessment of Canada will enforce the conditions before construction, during construction and throughout the project.

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