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prior to issuance of the Assistant Secretary's final opinion and order resolving the application, and shall amend or supplement the application whenever there are changes in material facts or conditions upon which the proposal is based.

(b) The Assistant Secretary may for good cause shown by motion of a party or upon the Assistant Secretary's own initiative decline to act on, in whole or in part, an amendment or supplement requested by an applicant under paragraph (a) of this section.

(c) After written notice to FE and service upon the parties of that notice an applicant may withdraw an application. Such withdrawal shall be effective thirty (30) days after notice to FE if the Assistant Secretary does not issue an order to the contrary within that time period.

FE shall include in the notice of application a description of the terms or policy positions of that agreement or statement to the extent they apply to the proceeding, and invite comment. A formal policy agreement or statement affecting a particular import or export proceeding that is arrived at after publication of the notice of application shall be placed on the record in that proceeding and the parties given an opportunity to comment thereon.

8590.206 Notice of procedures.

In all proceedings where, following a notice of application and the time specified in the notice for the filing of responses thereto, the Assistant Secretary determines to have additional procedures, which may consist of the filing of supplemental written comments, written interrogatories or other discovery procedures, a conference, oral presentation, or trial-type hearing, the Assistant Secretary shall provide the parties with notice of the procedures the Assistant Secretary has determined to follow in the proceeding and advise the parties of their right to request any additional procedures in accordance with the provisions of $ 590.310. The notice of procedures may identify and request comments on specific issues of fact, law, or policy relevant to the proceeding and may establish a time limit for requesting additional procedures.

$ 590.205 Notice of applications.

(a) Upon receipt of an application, the FE shall publish a notice of application in the FEDERAL REGISTER. The notice shall summarize the proposal. Except in emergency circumstances, generally the notice shall provide a time limit of not less than thirty (30) days from the notice's date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER for persons to file protests, comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as applicable. The notice may also request comments on specific issues or matters of fact, law, or policy raised by the application.

(b) The notice of application shall advise the parties of their right to request additional procedures, including the opportunity to file written comments and to request that a conference, oral presentation, or trial-type hearing be convened. Failure to request additional procedures at this time shall be deemed a waiver of any right to additional procedures should the Assistant Secretary decide to grant the application and authorize the import or export by issuing a final opinion and order in accordance with 8590.316.

(c) Where negotiations between the DOE, including FE, and a foreign gov

ument have resulted in a formal policy agreement or statement affecting a particular import or export proceeding,

8590.207 Filing fees.

A non-refundable filing fee of fifty dollars ($50) shall accompany each application filed under $590.201. Checks shall be made payable to “Treasury of the United States."

$590.208 Small volume exports.

Any person may export up to 100,000 cubic feet of natural gas (14.73 pounds per square inch at 60 degrees Fahrenheit) or the liquefied or compressed equivalent thereof, in a single shipment for scientific, experimental, or other non-utility gas use without prior authorization of the Assistant Secretary.

$590.209 Exchanges by displacement.

Any importer of natural gas may enter into an exchange by displacement agreement without the prior authorization of the Assistant Secretary when the net effect of the exchange is no different than under the importer's existing authorization. An exchange by displacement is an arrangement whereby authorized imported volumes are displaced by other gas for purposes of storage or flexibility. The term of the exchange agreement may not exceed five (5) years, the volumes imported may not exceed the importer's existing import authorization, and no actual natural gas may flow across the United States border under the terms of the exchange agreement. Any importer who enters into an exchange agreement pursuant to this section shall file with FE within fifteen (15) days after the start up of the exchange, a written description of the transaction, the exact volume of natural gas to be displaced the name of the purchaser, and the import authorization under which the exchange is being carried out.

the Assistant Secretary or the presiding official. Answers shall be in writing and shall detail each material allegation of the motion being answered. Answers shall state clearly and concisely the facts and legal authorities relied upon.

(c) Any motion, except for motions seeking intervention or requesting that a conference, oral presentation or trialtype hearing be held, shall be deemed to have been denied, unless the Assistant Secretary or presiding official acts within thirty (30) days after the motion is filed.

Subpart C-Procedures $ 590.301 General.

The procedures of this subpart are applicable to proceedings conducted on all applications or other requested actions filed under this part. The Assistant Secretary may conduct all aspects of the procedures of this subpart or may designate a presiding official pursuant to $590.314.

$ 590.303 Interventions and answers,

(a) A state commission may intervene in a proceeding under this part as a matter of right and become a party to the proceeding by filing a notice of intervention no later than the date fixed for filing motions to intervene in the applicable FE notice or order. If the period for filing the notice has expired, a state commission may be permitted to intervene by complying with the filing and other requirements applicable to any other person seeking to become a party to the proceeding as provided in this section.

(b) Any other person who seeks to become a party to a proceeding shall file a motion to intervene, which sets out clearly and concisely the facts upon which the petitioner's claim of interest is based.

(c) A motion to intervene shall state, to the extent known, the position taken by the movant and the factual and legal basis for such positions in order to advise the parties and the Assistant Secretary as to the specific issues of policy, fact, or law to be raised or controverted.

(d) Motions to intervene may be filed at any time following the filing of an application, but no later than the date fixed for filing such motions or notices in the applicable FE notice or order, unless a later date is permitted by the Assistant Secretary for good cause shown and after considering the impact of granting the late motion of the proceeding. Each motion or notice shall list the names, titles, and mailing addresses of a maximum of two persons for the official service list.

8590.302 Motions and answers.

(a) Motions for any procedural or interlocutory ruling shall set forth the ruling or relief requested and state the grounds and the statutory or other authority relied upon. All written motions shall comply with the filing requirements of $590.103. Motions made during conferences, oral presentations or trial-type hearings may be stated orally upon the record, unless the As sistant Secretary or the presiding official determines otherwise.

(b) Any party may file an answer to any written motion within fifteen (15) days after the motion is filed, unless another period of time is established by

(e) Any party may file an answer to a motion to intervene, but such answer shall be made within fifteen (15) days after the motion to intervene was filed, unless a later date is permitted by the Assistant Secretary for good cause shown. Answers shall be in writing. Answers shall detail each material allegation of the motion to intervene being answered and state clearly and concisely the facts and legal authorities relied upon. Failure to answer is deemed a waiver of any objection to the intervention. This paragraph does not prevent the Assistant Secretary from ruling on a motion to intervene and issuing a final opinion and order in accordance with $590.316 prior to the expiration of the fifteen (15) days in which a party has to answer a motion to intervene.

(1) If an answer in opposition to a motion to intervene is timely filed or if the motion to intervene is not timely filed, then the movant becomes a party only after the motion to intervene is expressly granted.

(g) If no answer in opposition to a motion to intervene is filed within the period of time prescribed in paragraph (e) of this section, the motion to intervene shall be deemed to be granted, unless the Assistant Secretary denies the motion in whole or in part or otherwise limits the intervention prior to the expiration of the time allowed in paragraph (e) for filing an answer to the motion to intervene. Where the motion to intervene is deemed granted, the participation of the intervenor shall be limited to matters affecting asserted rights and interests specifically set forth in the motion to intervene, and the admission of such intervenor to party status shall not be construed as recognition by FE that the intervenor might be aggrieved because of any order issued.

(h) In the event that a motion for late intervention is granted, an intervenor shall accept the record of the proceeding as it was developed prior to the intervention.

ticular form is required. The protest shall identify the person filing the protest, the application or action being objected to, and provide a concise statement of the reasons for the protest.

(b) The filing of a protest, without also filing a motion to intervene or a notice of intervention, shall not make the person filing the protest a party to the proceeding.

(c) A protest shall be made part of the official FE docket file in the proceeding and shall be considered as a statement of position of the person filing the protest, but not as establishing the validity of any assertion upon which the decision would be based.

(d) Protests shall be served on the applicant and all parties by the person filing the protest. If the person filing the protest is unable to provide service on any person identified as a party to the proceeding after a good faith effort, then FE shall effect service. However, when the parties are not known, service requirements may be met by serying a copy on the applicant and on FE as provided in 8 590.107(b).

(e) Protests may be filed at any time following the filing of an application, but no later than the date fixed for filing protests in the applicable FE notice or order, unless a later date is permitted by the Assistant Secretary for good cause shown.

(f) Any party may file an answer to a protest but such answer must be filed within fifteen (15) days after the protest was filed, unless a later date is permitted by the Assistant Secretary for good cause shown. (54 FR 53531, Dec. 29, 1989; 55 FR 14916, Apr. 19, 1990)

$ 590.305 Informal discovery.

The parties to a proceeding may conduct discovery through use of procedures such as written interrogatories or production of documents. In response to a motion by a party, the Assistant Secretary or presiding official may determine the procedures to be utilized for discovery if the parties cannot agree on such procedures.

$590.304 Protests and answers.

(a) Any person objecting to an application filed under $590.201 of this part or to any action taken by FE under this part may file a protest. No par

8590.306 Subpoenas.

(a) Subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses at a trial-type hearing or for

the production of documentary evi- address of the person taking the depodence may be issued upon the initiative sition. of the Assistant Secretary or presiding (d) A witness whose testimony is official, or upon written motion of a taken by deposition shall be sworn in party or oral motion of a party during or shall affirm concerning the matter a conference, oral presentation, or about which the witness has been trial-type hearing, if the Assistant Sec- called to testify before any questions retary or presiding official determines are asked or testimony given. A witthat the evidence sought is relevant ness deposed shall be entitled to witand material.

ness fees as provided in 8 590.315(c). (b) Motions for the issuance of a sub

(e) The moving party shall file the poena shall specify the relevance, ma

entire deposition with FE after it has teriality and scope of the testimony or been subscribed and certified. No pordocumentary evidence sought, includ

tion of the deposition shall constitute ing, as to documentary evidence, speci

a part of the record in the proceedings fication to the extent possible of the

unless received in evidence, in whole or documents sought and the facts to be in part, by the Assistant Secretary or proven by them, the issues to which presiding official. they relate, and why the information

8590.308 Admissions of facts. or evidence was not obtainable through discovery procedures agreed upon by

(a) At any time prior to the end of a the parties.

trial-type hearing, or, if there is no (c) If service of a subpoena is made

trial-type hearing, prior to the by a United States Marshal or a Dep

issuance of a final opinion and order uty United States Marshal, service

under $590.404, any party, the Assistant shall be evidenced by their return. If

Secretary, or the presiding official may made by another person, that person

serve on any party a written request shall affirm that service has occurred

for admission of the truth of any mat

ters at issue in the proceeding that reand file an affidavit to that effect with

late to statements or opinions of fact the original subpoena. A witness who is subpoenaed shall be entitled to witness

or of the application of law to fact.

(b) A matter shall be considered adfees as provided in 8 590.315(c).

mitted and conclusively established for $ 590.307 Depositions.

the purposes of any proceeding in

which a request for admission is served (a) Upon motion filed by a party, the unless, within fifteen (15) days of such Assistant Secretary or presiding offi time limit established by the Assistant cial may authorize the taking of testi Secretary or presiding official, the mony of any witness by deposition. Un

party to whom the request is directed less otherwise directed in the author

answers or objects to the request. Any ization issued, a witness being deposed

answer shall specifically admit or deny may be examined regarding any matter

the matter, or set forth in detail the which is relevant to the issues involved

reasons why the answering party canin the pending proceeding.

not truthfully admit or deny the mat(b) Parties authorized to take a depo ter. An answering party may not give sition shall provide written notice to lack of information or knowledge as a the witness and all other parties at reason for failure to admit or deny, unleast ten (10) days in advance of the less the answering party states that, deposition unless such advance notice after reasonable inquiry, the answering is waived by mutual agreement of the party has been unable to obtain suffiparties.

cient information to admit or deny. If (c) The requesting motion and notice an objection is made, the answering shall state the name and mailing ad- party shall state the reasons for the dress of the witness, delineate the sub- objection. ject matters on which the witness is (c) If the Assistant Secretary or preexpected to testify, state the reason siding official determines that an anwhy the deposition should be taken, in- swer to a request for admission does dicate the time and place of the deposi- not comply with the requirements of tion, and provide the name and mailing this section, the Assistant Secretary or

during a proceeding, the Assistant Sec-
retary or presiding official may on his
or her own initiative determine to pro-
vide additional procedures.
(54 FR 53531, Dec. 29, 1989; 55 FR 14916, Apr.
19, 1990)

presiding official may order either that the matter is admitted or that an amended answer be served.

(d) A copy of all requests for admission and answers thereto shall be filed with FE in accordance with $590.103. Copies of any documents referenced in the request shall be served with the request unless they are known to be in the possession of the other parties.

(e) The Assistant Secretary or presiding official may limit the number of requests for admission of facts in order to expedite a proceeding through elimination of duplicative requests.

8590.309 Settlements.

The parties may conduct settlement negotiations. If settlement negotiations are conducted during a conference, at the request of one of the parties, the Assistant Secretary or presiding official may order that the discussions be off-the-record with no transcript of such settlement negotiations being prepared for inclusion in the official record of the proceeding. No offer of settlement, comment or discussion by the parties with respect to an offer of settlement shall be subject to discovery or admissible into evidence against any parties who object to its admission.

8590.311 Conferences.

(a) Upon motion by a party, a conference of the parties may be convened to adjust or settle the proceedings, set schedules, delineate issues, stipulate certain issues of fact or law, set procedures, and consider other relevant matters where it appears that a conference will materially advance the proceeding. The Assistant Secretary or presiding official may delineate the issues which are to be considered and may place appropriate limitations on the number of intervenors who may participate, if two or more intervenors have substantially like interests.

(b) A motion by a party for a conference shall include a specific showing why a conference will materially advance the proceeding.

(c) Conferences shall be recorded, unless otherwise ordered by the Assistant Secretary or presiding official, and the transcript shall be made a part of the official record of the proceeding and available to the public.

$ 590.310 Opportunity for additional $590.312 Oral presentations. procedures.

(a) Any party may file a motion reAny party may file a motion request questing an opportunity to make an ing additional procedures, including oral presentation of views, arguments, the opportunity to file written com including arguments of counsel, and ments, request written interrogatories data on any aspect of the proceeding. or other discovery procedures, or re The motion shall identify the substanquest that a conference, oral presen- tial question of fact, law or policy at tation or trial-type hearing be held. issue and demonstrate that it is mateThe motion shall describe what type of rial and relevant to the merits of the procedure is requested and include the proceeding. The party may submit mainformation required by $8 590.311, terial supporting the existence of sub590.312 and 590.313, as appropriate. Fail stantial issues. The Assistant Secure to request additional procedures retary or presiding official ordinarily within the time specified in the notice will grant a party's motion for an oral of application or in the notice of proce- presentation, if the Assistant Secdure, if applicable, shall constitute a retary or presiding official determines waiver of that right unless the Assist that a substantial question of fact, law, ant Secretary for good cause shown or policy is at issue in the proceeding grants additional time for requesting and illumination of that question will additional procedures. If no time limit be aided materially by such an oral is specified in the notice or order, addi- presentation. tional procedures may be requested at (b) The Assistant Secretary or preany time prior to the issuance of a siding official may require parties final opinion and order. At any time making oral presentations to file briefs

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