Bill 102 - Mission accomplished: Clear, predictable, optimized and modern clearance regime QUEBEC CITY, March 23, 2017 / CNW Telbec / - More than 44 years after the Environmental Quality Act (EQA) came into force on December 21, 1972, March 23, 2017 became another milestone Of the history of the protection of the environment in Quebec. Indeed, the National Assembly today adopted the Bill o 102, presented by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Mr David Heurtel which modernizes deep The EQA to take account of new environmental, social, economic, scientific and technological realities. Like Minister Heurtel, the hon. Member for Montmorency, Raymond Bernier , believes that An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act to modernize the environmental licensing system and to amend other legislative provisions, notably to reform governance Of the Green Fund is concrete evidence that it is possible to promote economic development without doing so at the expense of protecting the environment. Quebec's environmental authorization regime is now clearer, more predictable, optimized, modern, but also in line with the highest standards of environmental protection. The new Act brings benefits to all segments of society affected by the EQA, which will benefit each other. Municipalities will benefit from greater autonomy, businesses will benefit from a lighter, clearer and simpler authorization process, while the public will have access to much more information more quickly, The Act will increase environmental protection, in particular by considering the fight against climate change in the licensing process. Citations: "After three years of work, listening and consulting in all regions of Quebec, I am convinced that Québec has today introduced a new Balanced Environmental Quality Act that will benefit all of us. I would like to commend the work of the members of the National Assembly's Transportation and Environment Commission for their constructive contribution in making this new legislation a modern tool for advancing Quebec responsibly. Together we can continue the transition to a more carbon-neutral world and contribute to the modernization and sustainable development of our economy to ensure a quality of life for our children. Let's do it for them! " David Heurtel , Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change "Again, our government is demonstrating that it is responsive to the needs of Quebec. We have been able to simplify processes, streamline processes and make them more transparent. The benefits will be tangible for citizens, who will be better informed and have more opportunities to be heard, and for businesses and municipalities that will benefit from greater efficiency and less bureaucracy . This new law is a clear response to the expectations of the population, who want economic development that respects the environment and its environment in all regions of Quebec. "