DAR File No. 36553

This rule was published in the January 1, 2013, issue (Vol. 2013, No. 1) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Environmental Quality, Administration

Rule R305-7

Administrative Procedures

Change in Proposed Rule

DAR File No.: 36553
Filed: 12/12/2012 04:17:29 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

Changes were made to the proposed rule to respond to comments, to clarify language that readers found confusing, to make the text more consistent with statutory requirements, to correct errors in the text, and to make different parts of the rule consistent. The rule was originally proposed to address the requirements of S.B. 11, which creates a new "permit review adjudicative proceeding" under Section 19-1-301.5, and which requires the Department to make rules governing the new proceedings. Procedural rules for other procedures were also revised to clarify or improve the process.

Summary of the rule or change:

Two changes were made in response to comments: Subsection R305-7-101(1) was clarified, and Subsections R305-7-213(4) and R305-7-316(1) were made to expand the page and time limits for comment on the administrative law judge's recommended order. Other changes were made to clarify the provisions in the rule (see, e.g., Subsection R305-7-211(1)); to make the text more consistent with statutory requirements (see, e.g., Subsection R305-7-206(5)); to correct errors in the text (see, e.g., Subsection R305-7-206(5)); and to make different parts of the rule consistent (see, e.g., Subsection R305-2-211(4)). (DAR NOTE: This change in proposed rule has been filed to make additional changes to a proposed new rule that was published in the August 15, 2012, issue of the Utah State Bulletin, on page 45. Underlining in the rule below indicates text that has been added since the publication of the proposed rule mentioned above; strike-out indicates text that has been deleted. You must view the change in proposed rule and the proposed new rule together to understand all of the changes that will be enforceable should the agency make this rule effective.)

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 19-1-301.5
  • Section 19-1-301
  • Section 63G-4-201
  • Section 63G-4-102
  • Section 63G-4-203
  • Section 63G-4-202
  • Section 63G-4-503
  • Section 63G-4-205

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The changes to the rule are clarifications and minor corrections or changes, and do not change the original analysis: Although it is anticipated that the new permit review adjudicative procedures will be more streamlined than UAPA procedures, any savings will be offset in part by increased workload resulting from an increasing number of permit challenges.

local governments:

The changes to the rule are clarifications and minor corrections or changes, and do not change the original analysis: Local governments will not normally be affected. They could be affected to the extent they are parties or a prospective intervenor to a proceeding.

small businesses:

The changes to the rule are clarifications and minor corrections or changes, and do not change the original analysis: Although some businesses can expect savings as a result of these streamlined rules, permits and licenses to small business are rarely challenged so the proposed changes would not have a substantial impact.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

The changes to the rule are clarifications and minor corrections or changes, and do not change the original analysis: Individuals and organizations that challenge permits, e.g., environmental organizations, will be affected by the rule. Generally, it is anticipated that the streamlined procedure will make that process less expensive both for the challenger and for the permittee.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

The changes to the rule are clarifications and minor corrections or changes, and do not change the original analysis: This rule does not impose any compliance requirements. It does provide new procedures for challenging permits. To the extent that the responsibility for defending against a permit challenge falls to a regulated entity, the streamlined process should be less expensive than the previous trial-type procedures.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

The changes to the rule are clarifications and minor corrections or changes, and do not change the original analysis: The trial-type procedures previously required for adjudicating permit challenges could be extremely expensive; discovery, for example, can be extremely time-consuming and therefore costly. The streamlined procedures in this rule (authorized by S.B. 11 (2012 General Session)) will be simpler and less costly. A specific estimate of savings is not feasible, however, given the wide variability in complexity of proceedings.

Amanda Smith, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Environmental Quality
Administration
195 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3085

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Debbie Oberndorfer at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4402, by FAX at 801-536-0061, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

This rule may become effective on:

01/31/2012

Authorized by:

Amanda Smith, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R305. Environmental Quality, Administration.

R305-7. Administrative Procedures.

R305-7-101. Scope of Rule and Purpose of Parts.

(1) This rule governs all adjudicative procedures conducted under the authority of the Environmental Quality Code, Utah Code Ann. Title 19. [It does not govern proceedings that result in initial orders that are not subject to UAPA under Section 63G-4-102(2)(k).]This rule does not govern the proceedings that result in an initial determination by the Director, including the issuance of the initial determination itself.

(2) (a) Part 1 of this Rule (R305-7-101 through 113) applies to all adjudications before the agency. It addresses general and preliminary matters.

(b) Part 2 of this Rule (R305-7-201 through 217) applies to permit review adjudicative procedures. These procedures are governed by Section 19-1-301.5.

(c) Part 3 of this Rule (R305-7-301 through 320) applies to adjudicative procedures that are not permit review adjudicative procedures. These procedures are governed by Section 19-1-301.

(e) Part 4 of this Rule (R305-7-401 through 403) addresses matters initiated by notices of agency action.

(d) Part 5 of this Rule (R305-7-501 through 503) addresses declaratory orders and emergency adjudication.

(e) Part 6 of this Rule (R305-7-601 through 623) addresses matters relevant to specific statutes.

 

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R305-7-104. Filing and Service of Notices, Orders and Other Papers.

(1) (a) Filing and service of all papers shall be made by email except as otherwise provided in this R305-7-104 and in R305-7-309(2)(b), R305-7-309(7)(b)(ii), and R305-7-313.

(b) In the event the ALJ determines that it is inappropriate in a specific case to file and serve all papers by email, the requirements of R305-7-104(4) will govern. Those requirements may be modified by the ALJ.

(c) The provisions of R305-7-104(2) will also apply regardless of whether filing and service are done by email (R305-7-104(3)) or by traditional service methods (R305-7-104(4)).

(d) A party seeking to have filing and service requirements governed by R305-7-104(4), such as a person who does not have access to email, shall file and serve that request as provided in R305-7-104(4). Once a request to proceed under R305-7-104(4) is filed and served, the provisions of that section shall apply to all future filing and service unless otherwise ordered by the ALJ.

(2) General Provisions Governing Filing and Service.

(a) Every submission shall be filed with:

(i) the ALJ or, if no ALJ has been appointed, the Director; and

(ii) the Administrative Proceedings Records Officer.

(b) In addition, every submission shall be served upon:

(i) the Director, if a submission is not filed with the Director under paragraph (2)(a)(i);

(ii) the assistant attorney general representing the Director;

(iii) the permittee or the person who was the recipient of the Permit Order, or other order or notice of violation being challenged;

(iv) any other party.

(c) A person, other than the Director, who is represented by an attorney or other representative, as provided in R305-7-106, shall be served through the attorney or other representative.

(d) Every submission shall include a certificate of service that shows the date and manner of filing with and service on the persons identified in R305-7-104(2)(a) and (b).

(e) Service on a regulated person at the person's last known address in the agency's file shall be deemed to be service on that person.

(3) Provisions governing electronic filing and service.

(a) A submission shall be filed with the Administrative Proceedings Records Officer by emailing it to [email protected].

(b) Filing or service on all other parties shall be by email at addresses provided by those persons. If the person filing or serving the submission is unable, after due diligence, to determine an email address for a party, the person shall file or provide service by traditional means, as provided in R305-7-104(4).

(c) (i) A text document served by email shall be submitted as a searchable PDF document.

(ii) A person filing a submission may electronically file and serve a document without a signature if the person indicates that the document was signed (e.g., "signed by (name)" or "/s/ (name)") and keeps the original on file to be provided if requested by the ALJ.

(d) The ALJ may order any other submission to be provided in a searchable format.

(e) Large emails (5 Mb or more) may not be accepted by some email systems. It shall be the responsibility of a person sending a large email to ensure that it has been received by all parties, e.g., by telephoning or by sending a separate notification email and requesting a response.

(f) Photographic or other illustration documents filed and served by email shall be submitted as:

(i) a PDF document; or

(ii) a JPEG document.

(g) Documents that are difficult to file and serve by email because of their size or form may be filed and served on a CD, DVD, USB flash drive or other commonly used digital storage medium. A document may also be provided in paper form if it is impracticable to copy the document electronically. Filing and service of such documents shall be as provided in R305-7-104(4).

(h) A party shall provide a paper copy of any document, including signed documents, upon request by the ALJ.

(4) Provisions governing traditional filing and service.

(a) Filing and service shall be made:

(i) by United States mail, postage pre-paid;

(ii) by hand-delivery;

(iii) by overnight courier delivery; or

(iv) by the Utah State Building Mail system, if the sender and receiver are both state employees.

(b) Documents to be filed with or served on the Director shall be filed and served at the address specified in Part 6.

(c) Documents to be filed with the Administrative Proceedings Records Officer shall be submitted to one of these addresses:

(i) By U.S. Mail: Administrative Proceedings Records Officer, Environment Division, Utah Attorney General's Office, PO Box 140873, Salt Lake City Utah 84114-0873; or

(ii) By hand or commercial delivery: Administrative Proceedings Records Officer, Environment Division, Utah Attorney General's Office, [160 East 300 South, 5th Floor]195 North 1950 West, Second Floor, Salt Lake City Utah [84111]84116.

(d) (i) Except as provided in R305-7-104(5)(b), a document that is filed or served by U.S Mail or overnight delivery service shall be considered filed or served on the date it is mailed or provided to the overnight delivery service. A document that is filed or served by Utah State Building Mail shall be considered filed or served on the date it is placed in a Utah State Building Mail bin.

(5) (a) A paper, signed original of any Request for Agency Action, Notice of Agency Action or Petition to Intervene shall be filed and served as provided in R305-7-104(2) and (4).

(b) To be timely, a Request for Agency Action or a Petition to Intervene must be received by the Director and the Administrative Proceedings Records Officer as provided in:

(i) R305-7-203(5) and R305-7-205 (for a request for agency action filed and served in a permit review adjudicative proceeding);

(ii) R305-7-303(5) (for a request for agency action filed and served in a proceeding other than a permit review adjudicative proceeding);

(iii) R305-7-204(2) and R305-7-205 (for a petition to intervene filed and served in a permit review adjudicative proceeding); and

(iv) R305-7-304 (which incorporates the requirements of R305-7-204(2)) for a petition to intervene filed and served in a proceeding other than a permit review adjudicative proceeding).

 

R305-7-105. Computation and Extensions of Time.

(1) A business day is any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or legal State of Utah holiday.

(2) As provided in R305-7-102, "days" means calendar days unless otherwise specified.

(3) Computing time.

(a) If a period is in calendar days:

(i) exclude the day of the event that triggers the period;

(ii) count every day, including intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays; and

(iii) include the last day of the period, but if the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal State of Utah holiday, the period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal State of Utah holiday.

(b) If a period is in business days:

(i) exclude the day of the event that triggers the period; and

(ii) count every business day.

(c) If a document is not filed or served by email, any time for responding to the document shall be extended by three business days. This provision does not apply to a Request for Agency Action or a Petition to Intervene. See R305-7-104(5).

([3]4) Date of issuance.

The date of issuance of a Permit Order, a Notice of Agency Action or other order is the date the document is signed and dated.

([4]5) Extensions of Time.

(a) The ALJ may approve extensions of any time limits established by this rule, and may extend time limits adopted in schedules established under R305-7-308.

(b) The ALJ may postpone a deadline or, as applicable, a scheduled conference, oral argument or hearing, upon motion from the parties, or upon the ALJ's own motion.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision in this section, R305-7-108(2) governs the ALJ's authority to extend time to file a Request for Agency Action or Petition to Intervene. See also the provisions cited in R305-7-108(2).

 

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R305-7-110. Limitation on Authority [U]under Rule.

Nothing in this Rule constitutes a grant of authority for any person other than the recipient to challenge a Notice of Violation or to initiate an action to challenge or require the agency's enforcement either generally or in a specific situation. See UAPA, Sections 63G-4-102(8) and 63G-4-201(3).

 

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R305-7-202. Notice and Comment and Exhaustion of Remedies.

(1) As provided in 19-1-301.5(4), if a public comment period is provided during the permit application process, a person who challenges a Permit Order, including the permit applicant, may only raise an issue or argument during the permit review adjudicative proceeding that:

(a) the person raised during the public comment period; and

(b) was supported with sufficient information or documentation to enable the Director to fully consider the substance and significance of the issue.

(2) Any supporting materials which are submitted shall be included in full and may not be incorporated by reference, unless they are already part of the Administrative Record in the same proceeding, or consist of state or federal statutes, regulations or rules, EPA documents of general applicability, or other generally available reference materials.

(3) The relevance of and the relevant portions of any supporting materials included with or incorporated by reference in comments shall be described with reasonable specificity.

(4) In preparing a comment response document, the Director may request that the permit applicant provide information in response to comments received during the public comment period.

 

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R305-7-204. Intervention.

(1) A person who seeks to intervene in a permit review adjudicative proceeding under this section shall file and serve:

(a) a petition to intervene that:

(i) meets the requirements of Section 63G-4-207(1); and

(ii) demonstrates that the person is entitled to intervention under Section 19-1-301.5(7)(c)(ii); and

(b) a timely request for agency action.

(2) To be timely, a Petition to Intervene shall[ be], within 30 days [of the date of the]after the day on which the Permit Order being challenged was issued, be:

(a) received by the Administrative Proceedings Records Officer at the address specified in R305-7-104(4)(c) of this Rule;

(b) received by the Director at the address specified in Part 6;

(c) served on all other parties as provided in R305-7-104(4).

 

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R305-7-206. Proceedings After a Request for Agency Action is Filed.

(1) After a Request for Agency Action has been filed, the parties are encouraged to meet to attempt to resolve the matter.

(2) (a) Any party may at any time file a request for appointment of an ALJ. An ALJ will not ordinarily be appointed until requested by a party, although the Executive Director may appoint an ALJ at any time.

(b) A request for appointment of an ALJ shall be filed as provided in R305-7-104(2)(a), and served as provided in R305-7-104(2)(b).

(3) After an ALJ is appointed, the ALJ shall [issue a Notice of Further Proceedings in accordance with Section 63G-4-201(3)(d) and (e). The Notice of Further Proceedings shall require any responses to the Request for Agency Action to be filed within 30 days of the date the Notice of Further Proceedings is issued]review and respond to the request for agency action in accordance with Subsections 63G-4-201(3)(d) and (e).

(4) Unless otherwise ordered by the ALJ, the Director shall file and serve the Administrative Record, as provided in R305-7-209, within 40 days after service of the Notice of Further Proceedings.

(5) Any dispositive motion shall be filed within 15 days after service of the [Agency]Administrative Record.

(6) Any issue or argument that could be raised in a dispositive motion is not waived by failure to file such a motion, but may be raised during the briefing on the merits. See R305-7-212.

 

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R305-7-211. Motions.

(1) A motion shall be made in writing, and shall include the grounds upon which it is based and the relief or order sought. A separate memorandum in support of the motion is not required.

(2) Any response to a motion shall be filed within 21 days of service of the motion.

(3) Any reply to a response to a motion may be filed within 10 days of service of the response. A reply shall be limited to matters raised in the response.

(4) A motion may not exceed [10]20 pages. If a separate memorandum in support of a motion is filed, the motion and memorandum together shall not exceed 20 pages. A response may not exceed [seven]15 pages. A reply may not exceed [five]ten pages.

(5) Deadlines and page limits may be modified by order of the ALJ.

(6) Any determination by the ALJ that is dispositive shall be forwarded to the Executive Director in the form of a recommended decision.

(7) See also R305-7-206(6) and R305-7-212 regarding issues and arguments not raised by motion.

 

R305-7-212. Challenges to a Petition to Intervene or to Failure to Preserve an Issue.

(1) A challenge to a Petition to Intervene under Section 19-1-301.5(7) or to a party's failure to preserve an issue under Section 19-1-301.5(4) and (6)(c) may be made by motion or may be made in the parties' briefs on the merits.

(2) [If the argument(s) that forms the basis of a challenge under paragraph (1) requires a substantial evaluation of the arguments in support of or in opposition to the issues that form the basis of the request for agency action, or of its defense, a party is encouraged to raise the matter in the brief on the merits.]If a challenge under paragraph (1) relies on a significant portion of the evidence or arguments that must be considered to make a determination on the merits, the party making the challenge under paragraph (1) is encouraged to do so in the brief on the merits.

(3) The ALJ may defer ruling on a motion under paragraph (1) until the ALJ makes a decision on the merits of the case if the ALJ finds that the [argument(s) that forms the basis of a challenge under paragraph (1) is likely to require a substantial evaluation of the arguments in support of or in opposition to the issues that form the basis of the request for agency action, or of its defense]motion relies on a significant portion of the evidence or arguments that must be considered to make a determination on the merits.

 

R305-7-213. Procedures for Determination on the Merits.

(1) Briefs on the merits shall be filed according to a schedule and with page limits established by the ALJ. In the absence of an order otherwise specifying deadlines:

(a) The Petitioner shall file and serve an Opening Brief of no more than 30 pages within 30 days after the Director serves the record or, if a dispositive motion is filed, within 30 days of the ALJ's determination on, or deferral of, the motion; and

(b) A responsive brief of no more than 30 pages shall be filed and served within 30 days after the Petitioner's brief is served.

(c) A reply brief of no more than 15 pages may be filed and served within 15 days after the responsive brief is served.

(d) If a reply brief is filed, a surreply brief of no more than five pages may be filed and served within five business days after the reply brief is served.

(2) A reply or a surreply brief may not raise any issue that was not raised in the responsive brief or the reply, respectively.

(3) The ALJ shall provide an opportunity for oral argument. Oral argument shall, at a minimum, be recorded at the agency's expense using audio recording devices. The agency may elect instead to use a court reporter. If the agency does not elect to use a court reporter, any participant may request that the agency use a court reporter for the oral argument, which request shall be granted by the ALJ provided the requesting person agrees to bear the cost associated with the request. Any such request shall be submitted to the ALJ at least 10 business days before the scheduled oral argument.

(4) The parties may submit comments on the ALJ's recommended decision to the Executive Director. Comments shall not exceed [five]15 pages, and shall be submitted within [five]ten business days of the service of the recommended decision. A party may file a response to another party's comments, not to exceed five pages, within five business days of the date of the service of the comments.

 

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R305-7-303. Requests for Agency Action and Contesting an Initial Order or Notice of Violation.

(1) A Notice of Violation or an Initial Order may be contested by filing and serving a written Request for Agency Action as provided in R305-7-104(5).

(2) Any Request for Agency Action is governed by and shall meet all of the requirements of UAPA, Section 63G-4-201(3)(a) and (3)(b).

(3) As provided in Section 63G-4-201(3)(a), a Request for Agency Action shall be in writing and signed by the person making the Request for Agency Action, or by that person's representative, and shall include:

(a) the names and addresses of all persons to whom a copy of the request for agency action is being sent;

(b) the agency's file number or other reference number, if known;

(c) the date that the request for agency action was mailed;

(d) a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which agency action is requested;

(e) a statement of the relief or action sought from the agency;

(f) a statement of the facts and reasons forming the basis for relief or agency action; and

(4) A Request for Agency Action shall include the requestor's name, address and email address, if any.

(5) To be timely, a Request for Agency Action to contest an Initial Order or a Notice of Violation shall be received for filing by the Director and the Administrative Proceedings Records Officer as specified in R305-7-104(2), (4) and (5) within 30 days of the issuance of the Initial Order or a Notice of Violation. [This time may not be extended by stipulation.]This time may be extended only by stipulation of the parties and only if such stipulation is received for filing before the expiration of the time for filing the Request for Agency Action.

(6) If a Request for Agency Action is made by a person other than the recipient of an Initial Order, the Request for Agency Action shall also include a Petition to Intervene that meets the requirements of Section 63G-4-207 and R305-7-304. See R305-7-110, however (limitations on the ability of third persons to challenge enforcement proceedings).

(7) (a) It is not sufficient under Section 63G-4-201(3)(a) or this rule to file a general statement of disagreement, a reservation of rights to file a request for agency action, or a request to have the matter heard.

(b) If a person files a document challenging a notice of violation or an order under this Part 3 that does not meet the requirements of this rule, a party may file a dispositive motion addressing that inadequacy. The notice of violation or order will be final if the Executive Director approves or approves with modifications the ALJ's recommended order of dismissal.

(8) Failure to file a Request for Agency Action within the period specified in R305-7-104(5) waives any right to contest the Initial Order or to seek judicial review.

 

R305-7-304. Intervention.

Proceedings that are not permit review adjudicative proceedings will not ordinarily be subject to intervention. See R305-7-110 regarding intervention in enforcement proceedings. In the event intervention is appropriate under the specific facts of the case, the procedures for intervention specified in Part 2, including the deadlines for filing intervention specified in R305-7-204(2), shall govern. [This time may not be extended by stipulation.]This time may be extended only by stipulation of the parties and the prospective intervenor and only if such stipulation is received for filing before the expiration of the time for filing the Petition to Intervene. The status and treatment of prospective intervenors in R305-7-207(2), shall also govern.

 

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R305-7-312. Motions.

(1) Motions may be made in writing at or before a hearing, or orally during a hearing. Each motion shall include the grounds upon which it is based and the relief or order sought. Copies of motions that are not made orally shall be filed and served in accordance with R305-7-104. A separate memorandum in support of the motion is not required.

(2) A response to a motion, if any, shall be filed within 21 days of service of the motion.

(3) A reply, if any, may be filed within 10 days of service of the response. A reply shall be limited to matters raised in the response.

(4) A motion may not exceed [25]20 pages. If a separate memorandum in support of a motion is filed, the motion and memorandum together shall not exceed 20 pages. A response may not exceed 15 pages. A reply may not exceed 10 pages.

(5) Deadlines and page limits may be modified by order of the ALJ.

(6) When appropriate, parties are encouraged to file dispositive motions, such as a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, a Motion to Dismiss or a Motion for Summary Judgment. Parties are encouraged to file dispositive motions no later than 45 days prior to the scheduled hearing. Dispositive motions shall be prepared in accordance with requirements of Rule 12 or Rule 56 of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, as appropriate.

 

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R305-7-316. Executive Director's Decision on the Merits.

(1) The parties may submit comments on the ALJ's recommended decision to the Executive Director. Comments shall not exceed [five]15 pages, and shall be submitted within [five]ten business days of the service of the recommended decision. A party may file a response to another party's comments, not to exceed five pages, within five business days of the date of the service of the comments.

(2) The Executive Director shall issue an order that meets the requirements of Section 63G-4-208.

 

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KEY: administrative procedures, adjudicative procedures, hearings

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [2012]2013

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-1-301; 19-1-301.5, 63G-4-102; 63G-4-201; 63G-4-202; 63G-4-203; 63G-4-205; 63G-4-503

 


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