15.10. Work to restore and create wetlands and bodies of water carried out under an agreement entered into under a program referred to in section 15.8 is exempted from the requirement to obtain a prior authorization required under the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2).
The conditions, restrictions and prohibitions applicable to the work that are set out in the agreement are deemed to be those set out in an authorization issued by the Minister under the Environment Quality Act. Any work not covered by the agreement remains subject to the requirement to be authorized under that Act.
The provisions of the Environment Quality Act that establish the penalties applicable for non-compliance with an authorization issued under that Act apply to work carried out in contravention of the conditions, restrictions and prohibitions applicable to the work. The Minister’s powers and orders under Division I of Chapter VI of Title I of that Act, as well as the inspection and investigation powers under Chapter XII of that Act, are also applicable.
This section does not restrict any power or penalty the Minister may exercise or impose under the Environment Quality Act in cases where an activity is carried out in contravention of that Act or the regulations.