Q-2 - Environment Quality Act

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31.51. A person who permanently ceases an industrial or commercial activity of a category designated by regulation of the Government is required to perform a characterization study of the land on which the activity was carried on within six months of the cessation or within such additional time, not exceeding 18 months, as the Minister may grant, subject to the conditions fixed by the Minister, with a view to the resumption of activity. Upon completion, the study must be transmitted to the Minister and to the owner of the land. A notice of cessation of the activity must be sent to the Minister within the time prescribed by government regulation.
If the characterization study reveals the presence of contaminants in a concentration exceeding the regulatory limit values, the person who carried on the activity concerned is required to transmit for the Minister’s approval, as soon as possible after being informed of the presence of the contaminants, a rehabilitation plan setting out the measures that will be implemented to protect the quality of the environment and prevent adverse effects on the life, health, safety, welfare or comfort of human beings or on ecosystems, living species or property, together with an implementation schedule and, where applicable, a plan for the dismantling of the installations on the land.
The provisions of sections 31.45 to 31.48 apply in such a case, with the necessary modifications.
1990, c. 26, s. 4; 2002, c. 11, s. 2; 2011, c. 20, s. 5; 2017, c. 42017, c. 4, s. 34.
31.51. A person who permanently ceases an industrial or commercial activity of a category designated by regulation of the Government is required to perform a characterization study of the land on which the activity was carried on within six months of the cessation or within such additional time, not exceeding 18 months, as the Minister may grant, subject to the conditions fixed by the Minister, with a view to the resumption of activity. Upon completion, the study must be transmitted to the Minister and to the owner of the land.
If the characterization study reveals the presence of contaminants in a concentration exceeding the regulatory limit values, the person who carried on the activity concerned is required to transmit for the Minister’s approval, as soon as possible after being informed of the presence of the contaminants, a rehabilitation plan setting out the measures that will be implemented to protect human beings, the other living species and the environment in general, including property, together with an implementation schedule and, where applicable, a plan for the dismantling of the installations on the land.
The provisions of sections 31.45 to 31.48 apply in such a case, with the necessary modifications.
1990, c. 26, s. 4; 2002, c. 11, s. 2; 2011, c. 20, s. 5.
31.51. A person who permanently ceases an industrial or commercial activity of a category designated by regulation of the Government is required to perform a characterization study of the land on which the activity was carried on within six months of the cessation or within such additional time as the Minister may grant, subject to the conditions fixed by the Minister, with a view to the resumption of activity. Upon completion, the study must be transmitted to the Minister and to the owner of the land.
If the characterization study reveals the presence of contaminants in a concentration exceeding the regulatory limit values, the person who carried on the activity concerned is required to transmit for the Minister’s approval, as soon as possible after being informed of the presence of the contaminants, a rehabilitation plan setting out the measures that will be implemented to protect human beings, the other living species and the environment in general, including property, together with an implementation schedule and, where applicable, a plan for the dismantling of the installations on the land.
The provisions of sections 31.45 to 31.48 apply in such a case, with the necessary modifications.
1990, c. 26, s. 4; 2002, c. 11, s. 2.
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31.51. Whoever engages in an activity the carrying on of which may, according to the regulations under paragraph c of section 31.52, cause soil contamination must, before dismantling his equipment or buildings, apply for the authorization of the Minister and provide him with the documents specified in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the first paragraph of section 31.49 as well as a description of the proposed dismantlement work.
The Minister may approve the proposed decontamination or restoration work and timetable with or without amendment.
The recipient of the authorization shall then execute the work in accordance with the timetable, as approved by the Minister.
The Minister may authorize the dismantlement work after he has ascertained
(1)  that the decontamination or restoration work has been executed in accordance with the third paragraph;
(2)  that the level of decontamination prescribed by regulation has been attained.
The Minister may require of the applicant any information, research findings or study he may need to grant his authorization.
The Minister shall transmit a copy of the document mentioned in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 31.49 to the secretary-treasurer or to the clerk of the municipality in which the soil concerned is located, who shall then place it at the disposal of the public.
1990, c. 26, s. 4.