31.79.1. The Government or the Minister, as applicable, may refuse to issue, amend or renew a water withdrawal authorization if of the opinion that the refusal is in the public interest.
They may also, on their own initiative and for the same reason, amend a water withdrawal authorization.
Before making a decision under this section, the Government must grant the applicant and the holder of the authorization at least 15 days to submit written observations.
In addition, before making a decision 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.