31.43. Where the Minister ascertains the presence of a contaminant in the environment in a greater quantity or concentration than that established by regulation under paragraph a of section 31.52, he may order whoever has emitted, deposited, released or discharged, even before 22 June 1990, all or some of the contaminant to recover, remove, collect or neutralize it and to take any measure he specifies to decontaminate or restore the environment.
Moreover, where the Minister ascertains the presence in the environment of a contaminant prohibited by regulation of the Government or of a contaminant likely to affect the life, health, safety, welfare or comfort of human beings, or to cause damage to or to otherwise impair the quality of the soil, vegetation, wildlife or property, he may issue an order to the same effect to whoever has emitted, deposited, released or discharged, even before 22 June 1990, all or some of the contaminant.
The order shall include a statement of the reasons invoked by the Minister, and either a description of the work proposed by whoever is responsible for the source of contamination upon presenting observations pursuant to section 31.44 and a timetable for its execution, as approved with or without amendment by the Minister or a description of the work ordered by the Minister and a timetable for its execution. The order takes effect 16 days after notification or on any later date stated therein.
1990, c. 26, s. 4; 1997, c. 43, s. 519.