21. Anyone responsible for the accidental release into the environment of a contaminant referred to in section 20 or a hazardous material must, without delay, notify the Minister.
That person must also, without delay,
(1) stop the release;
(2) in the case of a release of a contaminant, recover, clean or treat in situ the matter contaminated by the release or, if that cannot be done, remove the contaminated matter from the area affected by the release and ship it to an authorized site; and
(3) in the case of a release of a hazardous material, deal with the matter contaminated by the release in accordance with sections 70.5.1 to 70.5.5.
The Government may, by regulation, prescribe the cases in which a person other than the person responsible must comply with the obligations specified in the second paragraph, on the terms and conditions it determines.
1972, c. 49, s. 21; 1979, c. 49, s. 33; 1988, c. 49, s. 38; 2017, c. 42017, c. 4, s. 161; 2022, c. 82022, c. 8, s. 881.