March 1, 2024

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Environmental Quality Act: Hydro-Québec ordered to pay $127,362

Environmental Quality Act: Hydro-Québec ordered to pay $127,362

Hydro-Québec has been ordered to pay $127,362 in fines and costs for three violations of the Environmental Quality Act (LQE) in connection with the construction of an electric transmission line project between the Grand Substation -burnt in Mont-Tremblant and the municipality of Sainte. -Sauver, in the Laurentians.

Thus the alleged state agency, on three occasions between December 15, 2017 and August 31, 2019, the Ministry of Environment, the fight against climate change, made changes to activities that had authority not approved by wildlife. and parks.

These developments are related to work areas and paths on the banks of watercourses and peat-type wetlands, the ministry explained in a press release on Friday.

Hydro-Québec was ordered on Dec. 20 to pay a $60,000 fine and repay applicable fees and contributions of $67,362 for a total of $127,362.

In total, notices were sent to 22 non-contractors to Hydro-Québec as well as two contractors under the EQA, and two other sanctions of $5,000 and $10,000 were also imposed on Hydro-Québec for violating the EQA.

On February 12, 2019, the ministry handed down an order on Hydro-Québec, asking the state-owned company to stop discharging sediments into wetlands and water bodies mainly affected by the project and to implement appropriate control measures on the territory. Covered by construction site.

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