Q-2 - Environment Quality Act

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31.37. The Minister may set out any standard, condition, restriction or prohibition in the attestation that differs from those prescribed by government regulation if the Minister is of the opinion that doing so is necessary to ensure adequate protection of the environment, human health or other living species and if the Minister considers
(1)  that the applicable standards are insufficient to respect the support capacity of the receiving environment; or
(2)  that the applicable standards are insufficient to protect human health or other living species.
The Minister may, in the attestation, prescribe an implementation date, including the implementation requirements and schedule, for each standard, condition, restriction or prohibition he may establish under the first paragraph.
However, before prescribing a standard, condition, restriction or prohibition under this section, the Minister must notify the prior notice prescribed by section 5 of the Act respecting administrative justice (chapter J‑3) to the person concerned and grant the latter at least 15 days to submit observations. The notice must also specify the criteria according to which the standard, condition, restriction or prohibition may be prescribed.
1988, c. 49, s. 8; 2017, c. 42017, c. 4, s. 29.
31.37. In the depollution attestation, the Minister may, for each municipal wastewater treatment works, set down contaminant discharge standards which differ from those referred to in paragraph 3 of section 31.34, if the latter standards do not adequately ensure that the environment affected by the municipal wastewater treatment works is suitable for the normal development of human beings and plant and animal life, or do not adequately protect human beings and animal and plant life from unacceptable risks imputable to the acute or chronic toxicity of any contaminant or to its carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic or synergistic effects.
1988, c. 49, s. 8.