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Milton Logistics Hub Project

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

55 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 907

Toronto ON M4T 1M2

Telephone: 416-952-1576

Fax: 416-952-1573

Email: CEAA.LogisticsHub-PoleLogistique.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

 

 

Dear Sir or Madame:

 

Re:  Milton Logistics Hub Project  Also known as CN Intermodal Terminal

 

As a resident of Halton, I am very concerned about the effects the proposed CN Intermodal Terminal could have on the environment of Halton.

 

I believe that residents surrounding the proposed area will forever suffer the long-term negative impacts of this proposed development and I believe residents from communities within the Regional Municipality of Halton will be victimized by its adverse impact.

 

 

Environmental concerns cover many aspects, just a few of which include:

 

  • The disturbance of noise will be very evident to the many varieties of birds that nest and stop on their migrations north and south at the pond just east of Tremaine Road;
     

  • The disturbance of noise to the residents of Milton will be detrimental to our health, peace and enjoyment of our homes and park areas. The Proposed CN Milton Logistic Hub Project is to be placed alongside thousands of new homes in Milton. This site will affect thousands of residents directly.
     

  • The disturbance of very bright lighting will be detrimental to the residents of Milton health.  Light at night is known to affect sleep patterns of residents living near a highly lighted yard. The Proposed CN Milton Logistic Hub Project is to be placed alongside thousands of new homes in Milton. This site will affect thousands of residents directly.
     

  • The disturbance of very bright lighting will be very evident to the many varieties of birds that nest and stop on their migrations north and south at the pond just east of Tremaine Road. It is known that bright night light changes the breeding calls of birds in the area. CN has reported a Species at Risk on the Proposed Site. Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) and Barn Swallow.
     

  • According to Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting, Frogs have been found to inhibit their mating calls when they are exposed to excessive light at night, reducing their reproductive capacity.
     

  • According to Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting, the feeding behavior of bats also is altered by artificial light. Researchers have blamed light pollution for declines in populations of North American moths, almost all small rodents and carnivores. “We just now understand the nocturnality of many creatures,” says Chad Moore, Night Sky Program manager with the National Park Service. “Not protecting the night will destroy the habitat of many animals.”
     

  • The many railway tracks could disrupt the many tributaries of Indian Creek with vibration and the chemical leakage that is known to occur at Railway Sites/Yards. This could make Indian Creek, which flows into Bronte Creek, which then flows in Lake Ontario contaminated, causing harm to the people of South Western Ontario.
     

  • Spawning fish, which swim from Indian Creek, across the creek under Tremaine Road, through the pond, then by stream across the proposed CN Terminal Site and continue across under First Line. The many railway tracks could disrupt the streams with vibration and the chemical leakage that is known to occur at Railway Sites/Yards. This could make Indian Creek which flows into Bronte Creek which flows in Lake Ontario contaminated and that are so that they are no longer usable by the fish;
     

  • Spawning fish, which swim from Indian Creek, across the creek under Tremaine Road, through the pond, then by stream across the proposed CN Terminal Site and continue across under First Line will be affected by CN’s plans to change the creek or completely cover the creek. This is unacceptable.
     

  • Water based life forms living along Indian Creek will be affected by CN’s plans to change the creek or completely cover the creek. This is unacceptable.
     

  • The environment for the human population surrounding the proposed site would be permanently altered in a detrimental way by (1) increasing air pollution due to dust and fuel fumes from both trains and trucks; (2) make it no longer possible for the many cyclists who use local Milton roads for recreation to safely ride on our country roads; (3) cause pollution of the water table; (4) cause noise pollution from trucks and trains; (5) cause littering pollution where the wind carries garbage from CN trains and trucks; (6) cause light pollution that will put an end to star gazing in the area; (7) cause noise pollution from work on the site itself; (8) cause air pollution from the traffic congestion in the area created by the increased truck traffic which would not be on the local roads if not for the proposed CN site; (9)

 

These are just a few of my concerns. 
 

I believe the CN Milton Logistics Hub Project requires a full Environmental Assessment.

I believe this is not the correct place for the CN Milton Logistics Hub Project.
 

 

Yours truly,

 

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Concerns for…

  • 1500+ additional trucks daily to START!

  • Water Pollution & Contamination

  • Health Impacts

  • Traffic Safety
     

 

Noise, Light Trespass & Air Pollution

  • Trucks idling at the yard or on the roads with diesel emissions: a Class One Carcinogen, known to increase cancer risks

  • Emergency Preparedness: increase for safety times for emergency responders

  • Proximity to residential development: noise, lights, vibrations, safety concerns and air pollution
     

 

What is Logistics Hub or an Intermodal Terminal?

  • “Intermodal” is the transport of freight in containers between modes, i.e., between ships, planes, trains or trucks.

  • An intermodal terminal is a facility where containers and trailers are transferred to and from trains.
     

 

How does this affect me?

  • Increased traffic volume makes local roads less safe for everyone

  • View from the escarpment will change forever

  • Increased commuting time

  • Diminished quality of life

  • Possible loss of tourism in Milton
     

 

CN's proposal for this development includes:

  • A class three industrial development on an 1000-acre parcel of agricultural land

  • Preliminary construction of a 400 acre Intermodal Rail Terminal with potential for growth to ????

  • 1500+ transport trucks daily, to start!

  • Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year
     

 

This is contrary to:

  • The Official Plan of the Town of Milton and Halton Region
     

 

Why are we concerned?

  • Noise, air & light pollution

  • Affects to our health

  • Water pollution & water depletion

  • Traffic increase - 1500+ transport trucks per day...TO START!

  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year

  • Safety concerns

  • Incompatible to current and future land zoning

  • Increase in train length

  • Delays at rail crossings

  • Road deterioration

  • Increase in taxes to support the additional cost for infrastructure development and repairs required due to intermodal terminal traffic

  • Health and safety implications due to unknown content of intermodal containers stored at yard and passing through 

 

 

 

Lasting impacts of this development…

  • Traffic congestion and safety concerns

  • Air, noise, light pollution, dust and particulate matter will increase

  • Diesel emission from 1500 trucks a Class I Carcinogen known to cause cancer!

  • An increase in response times for emergency vehicles

  • 1500+ trucks each day using the roads YOU drive on

  • Substantial road deterioration which you pay for in your taxes

  • Dramatic increase in traffic volume resulting in more accidents

  • Decrease in property values

  • Negative effects on tourism

List of Concerns Regarding CN Logistic Hub

 

Below is a list of common concerns regarding the proposed CN Logistics Hub in Milton. Please feel free to use any or all thee points to help you write your own letter.  Please feel free to add your additional concerns to your letter.  There are very many concerns.

 

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