31.79. When issuing, renewing or amending a water withdrawal authorization, the Minister may, after considering the elements listed in section 31.77, prescribe any condition, restriction or prohibition the Minister considers appropriate for the purposes mentioned in section 31.76. The condition, restriction or prohibition may be different from what is prescribed by regulation of the Government if the Minister considers it necessary for greater protection of the environment, including aquatic ecosystems and wetlands.
The Minister may also refuse to issue or renew an authorization, or, on the Minister’s own initiative, modify the conditions to which it is subject, in order to serve the public interest.
However, the person concerned must be given prior notice of the Minister’s intended decision under the first or second paragraph, including reasons, and an opportunity to present observations.