2. Authorization: No person may undertake to operate a pit or quarry, use a crushing or screening process in a quarry or increase the production of such crushing or screening process without a certificate of authorization by the Minister, in accordance with section 22 of the Act.
Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, it is necessary, in particular, to obtain a certificate of authorization issued by the Minister in any case in which the pit or quarry is established or enlarged beyond the boundaries of an operating site already authorized by a certificate of authorization issued beforehand by the Minister, and in any case in which an existing pit or quarry is enlarged on a lot which did not belong, on 17 August 1977, to the owner of the land on which such pit or quarry is located.
For the purposes of this section, there is an increase in the production of a crushing and screening process only when the nominal capacity of one or the other processes is increased. Any projected increase in the production of a pit or quarry without an increase in the production of the crushing and screening process is not subject to sections 22, 23 and 24 of the Act.
In the case of a pit from which several persons may extract aggregate material, it is incumbent upon the owner of the pit to submit the application.
R.R.Q., 1981, c. Q-2, r. 2, s. 2.