24. When assessing a project’s impacts, the Minister shall take the following elements into consideration:
(1) the nature of the project and how it is to be carried out;
(2) the characteristics of the milieu affected;
(3) the nature, quantity, concentration and location of any and all contaminants that are likely to be released into the environment;
(4) if the project results from a program that has undergone a strategic environmental assessment under Chapter V, the findings of the assessment;
(5) in the cases provided for by government regulation, the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the project and the reduction measures the project may entail; and
(6) if the application concerns an activity in a flood zone of a lake or watercourse or a mobility zone of a watercourse, the consequences of the activity for the persons and property located in that zone.
The Minister may also take into account the expected climate change risks to and impacts on the project and the milieu in which it will be carried out, the adaptation measures the project may entail and Québec’s commitments with regard to the reduction of greenhouse gases.
The Minister may, within the time and in the manner and form the Minister determines, require a residual materials management plan specifying the nature and estimated quantity of residual materials that will be generated by the activity over a given period and their mode of management, as well as any other information, document or study the Minister deems necessary in order to know the impacts of the project on the quality of the environment, on the life, health, safety, welfare or comfort of human beings or on ecosystems, other living species or property before making a decision.
1972, c. 49, s. 24; 1979, c. 49, s. 33; 1988, c. 49, s. 5; 2017, c. 4, s. 161; 2021, c. 7, s. 8011a2021, c. 7, s. 8011b2021, c. 7, s. 8012.