25. When he ascertains the presence in the environment of a contaminant contemplated in section 20, the Deputy Minister may order whoever is responsible for the source of contamination to cease finally or temporarily or to limit, according to the conditions prescribed by him, the emission, deposit, issuance or discharge of such contaminant.
The Deputy Minister shall, before issuing an order, serve on whoever is responsible for the source of contamination prior notice of not less than 15 days setting out the reasons which appear to justify an order, the date on which it is to have effect and the fact that representations may be made by whoever is responsible for the contamination. The notice shall be accompanied with a copy of every analysis, study or other technical report considered by the Deputy Minister for the purposes of the proposed order.
The Deputy Minister shall transmit a copy of the prior notice to any person who has submitted to him a sworn complaint in respect of the object of such notice. Notice of the contemplated order shall be published in a daily newspaper circulated in the region in which the contemplated source of contamination is located.
The Deputy Minister shall also transmit a copy of the prior notice to the secretary-treasurer or clerk of the municipality where the contemplated source of contamination is located. The latter shall place the prior notice at the disposal of the public for the period of 15 days provided for in the second paragraph.
The order shall include a statement of the grounds invoked by the Deputy Minister. It shall take effect on the date it is served on whoever is responsible for the source of contamination or on any later date indicated in the order.
1972, c. 49, s. 25; 1978, c. 64, s. 6; 1979, c. 49, s. 33; 1986, c. 95, s. 272.