31.1.1. The Government may, exceptionally and on the recommendation of the Minister, make a project not referred to in section 31.1 subject to the procedure provided for in this subdivision if
(1) in its opinion the project may raise major environmental issues and public concern warrants it;
(2) the project involves a new technology or new type of activity in Québec whose apprehended impacts on the environment are, in its opinion, major; or
(3) in its opinion, the project involves major climate change issues.
The Minister must, within three months after an authorization application is filed in the register provided for in section 118.5, inform the applicant of the Minister’s intention to recommend to the Government that it make the project subject to the procedure provided for in this subdivision.
The Minister may also make the project subject to the procedure provided for in this subdivision if the applicant applies to the Minister in writing to that effect, giving reasons in support of the application.