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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 1RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
CHAPTER 9LP-GAS SAFETY RULES
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL REQUIREMENTS
RULE §9.16Hearings for Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Licenses, Manufacturer Registrations, or Certificates

(a) The Commission may deny, suspend, or revoke a license, registration, or certificate for any person who fails to comply with the rules in this chapter.

  (1) If AFS determines that an applicant for license, manufacturer registration, certificate, or renewal has not met the requirements of the rules in this chapter, AFS shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the proposed denial. In the case of an applicant for license, manufacturer registration, or certificate, the notice shall advise the person that the application may be resubmitted within 30 calendar days of receipt of the denial with all cited deficiencies corrected, or, if the person disagrees with AFS' determination, that person may request in writing a hearing on the matter within 30 calendar days of receipt of the notice of denial.

  (2) If a person resubmits the application within 30 calendar days of receipt of the denial with all deficiencies corrected, AFS shall issue the license, manufacturer registration, certificate, or renewal as applicable.

(b) Hearing regarding denial of license, manufacturer registration, certificate or associated renewals.

  (1) An applicant receiving a notice of denial may request a hearing to determine whether the applicant did comply in all respects with the requirements for the category license, registration, or certificate sought. The request for hearing shall be in writing, shall refer to the specific requirements the applicant claims were met, and shall be submitted to AFS within 30 calendar days of the applicant's receipt of the notification of denial.

  (2) Upon receipt of a request complying with paragraph (1) of this subsection, AFS shall forward the request for a hearing to the Hearings Division for the purpose of scheduling a hearing within 30 calendar days following the receipt of the request for hearing to determine the applicant's compliance or noncompliance with applicable requirements.

  (3) If, after hearing, the Commission finds the applicant's claim has been supported, the Commission may issue an order approving the license, manufacturer registration, or certificate and AFS shall issue the license, manufacturer registration, certificate, or associated renewal if applicable.

  (4) If, after hearing, the Commission finds that the applicant does not comply with the requirements of this chapter, the Commission may issue an order denying the application or renewal.

(c) Suspension or revocation of licenses, manufacturer registrations, or certificates.

  (1) If AFS finds by means including but not limited to inspection, review of required documents submitted, or complaint by a member of the general public or any other person, a probable or actual violation of or noncompliance with the Texas Natural Resources Code, Chapter 113, or the rules in this chapter, AFS shall notify the licensee, registered manufacturer, or certificate holder of the alleged violation or noncompliance in writing.

  (2) The notice shall specify the acts, omissions, or conduct constituting the alleged violation or noncompliance and shall designate a date not less than 30 calendar days or more than 45 calendar days after the licensee, registered manufacturer, or certificate holder receives the notice by which the violation or noncompliance shall be corrected or discontinued. If AFS determines the violation or noncompliance may pose imminent peril to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public, AFS may notify the licensee, registered manufacturer, or certificate holder orally with instruction to immediately cease the violation or noncompliance. When oral notice is given, AFS shall follow it with written notification no later than five business days after the oral notification.

  (3) The licensee, registered manufacturer, or certificate holder shall either report the correction or discontinuance of the violation or noncompliance within the time frame specified in the notice or shall request an extension of time in which to comply. The request for extension of the time to comply shall be received by LP-Gas Operations within the same time frame specified in the notice for correction or discontinuance.

(d) Hearing regarding suspension or revocation of licenses, manufacturer registrations, and certificates. If a licensee, registered manufacturer, or certificate holder disagrees with the determination of AFS under this section, that person may request a public hearing on the matter to be conducted as specified in Chapter 1 of this title (relating to Practice and Procedure). The request shall be in writing, shall refer to the specific rules or statutes the person claims to have complied with, and shall be received by AFS within 30 calendar days of the person's receipt of the notice of violation or noncompliance. AFS shall forward the request for hearing to the Hearings Division.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.16 adopted to be effective February 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 947; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4810; amended to be effective December 24, 2012, 37 TexReg 9913; amended to be effective January 6, 2020, 45 TexReg 127

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