Q-2 - Environment Quality Act

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31.92. If it involves an average of 379,000 litres or more per day, or a lesser quantity determined by regulation of the Government, that is intended to supply a waterworks system serving a municipality described in subparagraph a of subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 31.91, a transfer out of the St. Lawrence River Basin resulting from a new or increased water withdrawal described in that section may be authorized only if it meets the following conditions:
(1)  the transfer cannot be reasonably avoided or diminished through the conservation and efficient use of existing water supplies;
(2)  the quantity of water to be transferred is reasonable having regard to the water’s intended use;
(3)  the transfer would result in no significant individual or cumulative adverse impacts on the quantity or quality of the waters and water-dependent natural resources of the Basin; and
(4)  the transfer is subject to water conservation measures determined by regulation of the Government, or by the Minister under other provisions of this Act.
If a transfer out of the Basin under the first paragraph would result in a consumptive use of an average of 19 million litres or more per day, it is also subject to review by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body established by the Agreement.
2009, c. 21, s. 19.