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CFR 1501.7 to solicit comments or suggestions on the structure and content of the EIS.

(46 FR 59889, Dec. 7, 1981, as amended at 54 FR 52893, Dec. 22, 1989)

$ 501.64 Publication of notice of avail.

ability of tentative staff analysis. OFE will publish in the FEDERAL REGISTER a Notice of the Availability of Tentative Staff Analysis for the noncertification temporary public interest exemption, for noncertification environmental exemptions, and for a cogeneration exemption based on the public interest. OFE will provide a public comment period of at least fourteen (14) days from the date of publication during which interested persons may make written comments and request a public hearing.

third persons relevant to the petition or other documents. OFE also may request additional information, data, or analyses following a public hearing, if any, if this information is necessary to resolve disputed issues in the record. Any relevant information received by OFE following the hearing that is not declared to

be confidential under $ 501.7(a)(11) shall be made part of the public record with opportunity provided for rebuttal.

(c) OFE will notify all participants if, after the close of any public hearing or comment period, it receives or obtains any relevant information or evidence. Participants may respond to such information or evidence in writing within fourteen (14) days of such notification. If OFE finds that the additional information or evidence relates to material issues of disputed fact and may significantly influence the outcome of the proceeding, OFE shall reopen the hearing on the issue or issues to which the additional information or evidence relates.

8501.65 Publication of notice of avail

ability of draft EIS. A Notice of Availability of any draft EIS will be published in the FEDERAL REGISTER and comments thereon will also be solicited. Interested persons may request a hearing on any draft EIS. Such hearing must be requested within thirty (30) days of publication of the Notice of Availability of the draft EIS.

[54 FR 52893, Dec. 22, 1989)

$ 501.67 Petition redesignations.

OFE, with the petitioner's approval, will redesignate an exemption petition if the petitioner qualifies for an exemption other than the one originally requested, even though he may not qualify for the specific exemption originally requested, or be entitled to the full exemption period provided by requested exemption. OFE shall give public notice of any redesignation of an exemption petition, and where a public hearing has been requested notice shall be given at least thirty (30) days prior to such hearing.

$ 501.66 OFE evaluation of the record,

decision and order. (a) The administrative record in a proceeding under this part will consist of the proposed prohibition order and/ or petition and related documents, all relevant evidence presented at the public hearing, all written comments, and any other information in the possession of OFE and made a part of the public record of the proceeding. OFE will base its determination to issue a rule or order on consideration of the whole record, or those parts thereof cited by a arty and supported by reliable, probative, and substantial evidence.

(b) OFE may investigate and corroborate any statement in any petition, document, or public comments submitted to it. OFE also may use any relevant facts it possesses in its evaluation and may request submissions from

$ 501.68 Decision and order.

(a)(1) OFE shall issue an order either granting or denying the petition for an exemption or permit within six (6) months after the end of the period for public comment and hearing applicable to any petition.

(2) OFE may extend the six (6) month period for decision to a date certain by publishing notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER, and stating the reasons for such extension.

(3) OFE will publish a final EIS at least thirty (30) days prior to take

issuance of the final order in all cases haustion of administrative remedies where an EIS is required.

for purposes of judicial review does not (b)(1) OFE shall serve a copy of the require filing a petition pursuant to order granting or denying a petition subpart G for modification or rescisfor exemption to the petitioner and all sion of the order to be reviewed. persons on the service list in cases involving a public hearing.

Subpart G-Requests for Modifica(2) OFE shall publish any order tion or Rescission of a Rule or granting or denying a petition under Order this subpart in the FEDERAL REGISTER together with a statement of the rea- 8501.100 Purpose and scope. sons for the grant or denial. (C)(1) Any order granting or denying

(a) Anyone may request that OFE

commence a rulemaking proceeding a petition for exemption shall be based

pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(e); however, upon consideration of the whole record

this subpart provides the procedures to or those parts thereof cited by a party

be followed byand supported by, and in accordance

(1) An interested person seeking the with, reliable, probative and sub

modification or rescission of a prohibistantive evidence.

tion by rule applicable to a new facil(2) The denial of a petition for ex

ity; emption shall be without prejudice to

(2) An owner or operator of a facility the petitioner's right to submit an

named in a prohibition by rule requestamended petition. OFE may, however,

ing the modification or rescission of reject the amended petition if it is not that rule; or materially different from the denied

(3) An owner or operator subject to petition.

an exemption order or a specific prohi(d) OFE may design any terms and

bition imposed by order requesting the conditions included in any temporary modification or a rescission of that exemption issued or extended under

order. section 211 of FUA, to ensure, among (b) OFE also may commence a modiother things, that upon expiration of fication or rescission proceeding on its the exemption the persons and power- own initiative. plant covered by the exemption will comply with the applicable prohibi- 8501.101 Proceedings to modify or retions under FUA. For purposes of the

scind a rule or order. provision, the subsequent grant of a (a) In response to a request duly filed permanent exemption to the subject by an interested person, OFE may comunit shall be deemed compliance with mence a proceeding to modify or reapplicable prohibitions.

scind a rule or order. If OFE deter

mines that a request to modify or re(Department of Energy Organization Act, Pub. L. 95-91, 91 Stat. 565 (42 U.S.C. 7101 et

scind a rule or order does not warrant seq.); Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use commencement of a proceeding, it will Act of 1978, Pub. L. 95-620, 92 Stat. 3269 (42 deny the request and issue a brief U.S.C. 8301 et seq.); Omnibus Budget Rec- statement of the reason(s) for the deonciliation Act of 1981, Pub. L. 97-35; E.O. nial. 12009, 42 FR 46267, Sept. 15, 1977)

(b) A request for modification or re[46 FR 59889, Dec. 7, 1981, as amended at 47 scission of a rule or order must comply FR 50849, Nov. 10, 1982; 54 FR 52893, Dec. 22, with the requirements of $501.7 and 1989)

must be filed at the address set forth in

$ 501.11. 8501.69 Judicial review.

(c) Notice of the request for modificaAny person aggrieved by any order tion or rescission of an order must be issued by OFE under this subpart, must given by the requester to each party to file, within sixty (60) days of publica- the original proceeding that resulted in tion of the final order in the FEDERAL the issuance of the original order for REGISTER, a petition for judicial review which modification or rescission is in the United States Court of Appeals sought. If the number of parties to the for the Circuit wherein he resides, or original proceeding is too large to has his principal place of business. Ex- allow actual notice at a reasonable

cost or within a reasonable time, a requester may ask that OFE give notice to the parties by publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER; however, this alternate notice does not bind OFE to commence a proceeding, if it subsequently determines that the request is not warranted.

(d) If OFE determines to grant a request to commence a proceeding to rescind or modify a rule or order, or OFE on its own initiative, commences a proceeding for the modification or rescission of a rule or order, it will give notice, either by service of a written notice or by oral communication (which communication must be promptly confirmed in writing) to each person upon whom the order was served that OFE proposes to modify or rescind, or, alternatively, by publication of notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER. OFE will give a reasonable period of time for each person notified to file a written response.

(e)(1) A copy of any written comments submitted to OFE under this subpart by a party to the original proceeding must also be sent to the requester. The party submitting such comments must certify to OFE that he has sent a copy of such comments to the requester.

(2) OFE may notify other persons participating in the proceeding of the comments and provide an opportunity for those notified to respond.

(f) A request for modification or rescission of a rule or order must contain a complete statement of all facts relevant to the action sought. The request must also include the names and addresses of all reasonably ascertainable persons who will be affected. Pertinent provisions contained in any documents believed to support a request may be briefly described, however, OFE reserves the right to obtain copies of any significant documents that will assist in making a determination on the merits of a request. The request must identify the specific order or rule for which modification or rescission is sought. A request should also indicate whether an informal conference will facilitate OFE's determination to commence, or not to commence a proceeding, or will assist OFE in making any determinations on material issues raised by the request.

(g) A decision by OFE to commence a proceeding under this subpart does not entitle the requester to a public hearing on the request for modification or rescission. A public hearing may be held, however, if, in its discretion, OFE considers that a public hearing will advance its evaluation of the request. $ 501.102 OFE evaluation of the record,

decision and order for modification

or rescission of a rule or order. (a) OFE will consider the entire administrative record in its evaluation of the decision and order for modification or rescission of a rule or order. OFE may investigate and corroborate any statement in the petition or related documents and may utilize in its evaluation any relevant facts obtained by its investigations. OFE may solicit or accept submissions from third persons relevant to any request under this subpart and all interested persons will be afforded an opportunity to respond to these submissions. OFE may, in its discretion and on its own initiative, convene a conference, if it considers that a conference will advance its evaluation of the request.

(b) Criteria. Except where modification or rescission of a rule or order is initiated by OFE, OFE's decision to rescind or modify a rule or order will be based on a determination that there

significantly changed circumstances with respect to the applicability of a particular prohibition or exemption to the requester. OFE believes that there may be “significantly changed circumstances”, if:

(1) Significant material facts are subsequently discovered which were not known and could not have been known to the petitioner or to OFE at the time of the original proceeding;

(2) A law, regulation, interpretation, ruling, order or decision on appeal that was in effect at the time of the proceeding upon which the rule or order is based and which, if it had been made known to OFE, would have been relevant to the proceeding and would have substantially altered the outcome is subsequently discovered; or

(3) There has been a substantial change in the facts or circumstances upon which an outstanding and continuing order was based, which change

are

occurred during the interval between issuance of the order and the date of filing of the request under this subpart, and was caused by force or circumstances beyond the requester's control.

(2) A claim for confidential treatment of any information contained in the petition for stay and supporting documents must be in accordance with $ 501.7(a)(11), and filed at the address provided in $ 501.11.

(b) OFE will publish notice of receipt of a petition for a stay under this subpart in the FEDERAL REGISTER.

$501.103 OFE decision.

(a) OFE shall issue an appropriate rule or order after considering the request for modification or rescission of a rule or order and other relevant information received during the proceeding.

(b) OFE will either grant or deny the request for modification or rescission and will briefly state the pertinent facts and legal basis for the decision.

(c) OFE will serve the rule or order granting or denying the request for modification or rescission upon the requester, or, if the action was initiated by OFE, upon the owner or operator of the affected powerplant or installation. OFE will publish a notice of the issuance of a rule or order modifying or rescinding a rule or order in the FEDERAL REGISTER.

$ 501.122 Contents.

(a) A petition for a stay shall contain a full and complete statement of all facts believed to be pertinent to the act or transaction for which a stay is sought. The facts shall include, but not be limited to, the criteria listed below in $ 501.123(b).

(b) The petitioner may request a conference regarding the application. If the request is not made at the time the application is filed, it must be made as soon thereafter as possible. The request and OFE's determination regarding it will be made in accordance with subpart C of this part.

Subpart H-Requests for Stay $501.120 Purpose and scope.

(a) This subpart sets forth the procedures for the request and issuance of a stay of a rule or order or other requirement issued or imposed by OFE or these regulations but does not apply to the mandatory stays provided for in sections 202(b) and 301(a) of FUA. The application for a stay under this subpart will only be considered incidental to a proceeding on a request for modification or rescission of a final prohibition rule or order.

(b) The petitioner must comply with all final and effective OFE orders, regulations, rulings, and generally applicable requirements unless a petition for a stay is granted or is applicable under FUA. $501.121 Filing and notice of petitions

$ 501.123 Evaluation of the record.

(a) The record in a proceeding on a petition for stay shall consist of the petition and any related documents, evidence submitted at any public proceedings and any other information in the possession of OFE and made part of the record. OFE may investigate and corroborate any statement in the petition or any other document submitted to it and may utilize in its evaluation any relevant facts obtained by its investigations. OFE may solicit or accept submissions from third persons relevant to the petition for stay or other document and any interested person will be afforded an opportunity to respond to these submissions. OFE, on its initiative, may convene a conference, if, in its discretion, it considers that the conference will advance its evaluation of the petition.

(b) Criteria. (1) OFE may grant a stay incident to a proceeding on a petition for modification of a rule or order if the petitioner shows:

(i) Irreparable injury will result if the stay is denied;

(ii) There is a strong likelihood of success on the merits;

(iii) The denial of a stay will result in a more immediate hardship or inequity

for stays.

(a)(1) The petition for a stay must be in writing and comply with the general filing requirements stated in $ 501.7, in addition to any other requirements set forth in this subpart, and must be filed at the address provided in $ 501.11.

to the petitioner than to other persons affected by the proceeding; and

(iv) It would be desirable for reasons of public policy to grant the stay.

$ 501.124 Decision and order.

(a) OFE will issue an order granting or denying the petition for a stay upon consideration of the request and other relevant information received or obtained during the proceeding.

(b) OFE will include in the order a brief written statement setting forth the relevant facts and the basis of the decision, including any appropriate terms and conditions of the stay.

facts must include the names and addresses of all potentially affected persons (if reasonably ascertainable) and a full discussion of the pertinent provisions and relevant facts contained in any documents submitted with the request. Copies of relevant contracts, agreements, leases, instruments, and other documents relating to the request must be submitted if DOE believes they are necessary for determination of any issue pending in the proceeding under this subpart. When the request pertains to only one step in a larger integrated transaction, the requesting party must also submit the facts, circumstances, and other relevant information pertaining to the entire transaction.

(b) The requesting party must include in the request a discussion of all relevant legal authorities, rulings, regulations, interpretations and decisions on appeal relied upon to support the particular interpretation sought.

(C) DOE may refuse to issue an interpretation if it determines that there is insufficient information upon which to base an interpretation.

Subpart 1-Requests for

Interpretation 8501.130 Purpose and scope.

This subpart establishes procedures for filing a formal request for and the issuance of an interpretation of a rule, order or other action by DOE. Any response, whether oral or written, to a general inquiry, or to other than a formal written request for interpretation filed with DOE, is not an interpretation and merely provides general information that may not be relied upon in any proceeding to determine compliance with the applicable requirements of FUA.

8501.131 Filing a request for interpre

tation. A proceeding to request an interpretation is commenced by the filing of a “Request for Interpretation (FUA).” The request must be in writing and must also comply with the general filing requirements stated in $ 501.7. Any claims for confidential treatment for any information contained in the request or other related documents must be made pursuant to $501.7(a)(11). A request for interpretation should be filed with the Assistant General Counsel for Interpretations and Rulings at the address provided in $ 501.11. 8501.132 Contents of a request for in

terpretation. (a) A request for an interpretation must contain a complete statement of all the facts believed to be relevant to the circumstances, acts or transactions that are the subject of the request. The

8501.133 DOE evaluaton.

(a)(1) The record shall consist of the request for an interpretation and any supporting documents, all relevant evidence presented at any public proceedings, written comments and any information in the possession of DOE that has been made part of the record.

(2) DOE may investigate and corroborate any statement in a request or related documents and may utilize in its evaluation any relevant facts obtained by the investigation. DOE may solicit or accept submissions from third persons relevant to the request for interpretation, or any other document submitted under this subpart, and the person requesting the interpretation will be afforded an opportunity to respond to these submissions.

(3) The General Counsel or his delegate will issue an interpretation on the basis of the information provided in the request, unless that information is supplemented by other information brought to the attention of DOE during the proceeding. DOE's interpretation will, therefore, depend on the accuracy

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