State Set-Aside Program
(1)Scope and Purpose: The state set-aside shall be utilized by the State Office to meet hardship and emergency requirements of all wholesale purchaser-consumers and end-users of motor gasoline and middle distillates within Oregon. The State Office may direct that a wholesale purchaser-reseller be supplied from the state set-aside in order that it can supply wholesale consumers and end-users experiencing hardship of emergency.
(2)Who May Apply: A wholesale purchaser-consumer or an end-user seeking an assignment from the state set-aside system to meet a hardship or emergency requirement, and a wholesale purchaser-reseller seeking an assignment to enable him to supply such wholesale purchaser-consumer and/or end-user, may apply.
(3)Where to File: All applications under these programs shall be made to the State Office, Department of Energy, Room 102 Labor and Industries Building, Salem, OR 97310, Attention: Allocation Officer.
(4)What to File: Applications for assignment from the state set-aside system may be by the appropriate State Office form, or other written communication, or by oral (including telephonic) request. Oral applications must be supplemented with a written certification of the hardship or emergency circumstances within ten days. The federal and state penalties for falsifying information for written applications also apply to information submitted as oral applications. The State Office may require any reasonable information needed to verify the validity of the applicant’s claims.
(5)Content of Application:
(a)An applicant shall provide sufficient information to enable the State Office to determine that the proposed allocation satisfies the objective of the EPAA and 10 CFR Part 211. An applicant must file its application on the application form required by the State Office;
(b)If the applicant is a wholesale purchaser-reseller, it shall describe the wholesale purchaser-consumers and end-users that will be supplied and their hardship and emergency requirements;
(c)The State Office may return incomplete applications or require additional information needed to verify information contained in an application.
(6)State Office Evaluation:
(a)Investigation: The State Office may initiate an investigation of the application and utilize in its evaluation any relevant facts obtained. The applicant shall be afforded an opportunity to respond to any third-person submissions obtained. The State Office may convene a conference if it considers that doing so will advance its evaluation;
(A)Assignments shall be made only to applicants who demonstrate hardship or emergency requirements. Pursuant to 10 CFR Subsection 211.103(b), the following uses are considered top priority uses: essential military and readiness-oriented operations of the Department of Defense; agricultural production; emergency services; energy production; sanitation services; telecommunication services; passenger transportation services; aviation ground support vehicles and equipment; and cargo, freight and mail hauling by truck. The State Office will consider these priorities for both gasoline and diesel oil. While considering these priorities, the State Office will also give due consideration to the degree of hardship or emergency suffered, or likely to be suffered, if an assignment is not given. The State Office may also take action to avoid localized or regional hardships which can be alleviated by state assignments. Any situation which poses an immediate threat to life, health, or safety will take presidence over other priorities;
(B)The State Office may use the set-aside for motor gasoline to meet the supply needs of motor gasoline retailers who have experienced or will experience a supply shortage resulting in hardship or economic dislocation. Gasoline retailers applying for assignments of volumes to alleviate a supply shortage must follow the procedures set forth in these rules. Assignments to meet the hardship and emergency requirements of wholesale purchaser-consumers and end-users will be given priority by the State Office over assignments to motor gasoline retailers;
(C)Any assignment ordered by the State Office shall conform to the requirements of Section 4(b)(1) of the EPAA and 10 CFR 211.17.
(a)All hardship and emergency applications for assignment from the state set-aside shall be filed with and resolved by the State Office in accordance with these rules. Applicants shall identify their existing supplier, or if they do not have a supplier, make reasonable efforts to locate two suppliers which could provide the allocated product. The State Office may assign a supplier to an applicant who does not have a supplier or whose existing supplier terminates service;
(b)If the State Office approves a hardship or emergency application, it shall assign a prime supplier and an amount from the state set-aside to the applicant. To determine an appropriate prime supplier, the State Office may coordinate with the state representative of the prime suppliers;
(c)The State Office has the authority to cross-assign end-users or wholesale purchasers, if such cross-assignment does not result in undue hardship and is necessary to alleviate inadequate supply allocation problems consistent with federal regulations;
(d)Any order by the State Office is binding on the applicant and its supplier and is effective immediately upon issuance;
(e)The final decision of the State Office as embodied in the order issued at the completion of any appellate proceeding regarding an application for assignment due to hardship or emergency requirements shall be subject to judicial review as prescribed by Section 211 of the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970.
(8)Authorizing Document: The State Office shall issue to an applicant granted an assignment an authorizing document, and shall provide a copy to the designated state representative of the assigned prime supplier and to the designated distributor, jobber or reseller, if any. The authorizing document is effective upon issuance, and represents a call on the prime supplier’s set-aside volumes for the month of issuance, irrespective of the fact that delivery of the product subject to the authorizing document cannot be made until the following month. An order shall be issued by the State Office for all applications unless the application is withdrawn by the applicant or unless the applicant fails to complete the application as required by section (5) of this rule. If not presented to either the prime supplier or its designated local distributor within ten days of issuance, the document expires.
(9)Decision and Order:
(a)The State Office shall issue its decision in the form of an order denying or granting the application. (For purposes of this section, an order may be the “authorizing document” referred to in section (8) of this rule.);
(b)The order shall include a brief written statement summarizing its factual and legal bases, and shall provide that any person aggrieved by it may file an appeal with the State Office;
(c)The order shall state that it is effective upon issuance and, if affirmative, that it expires within ten days unless presented to the prime supplier or its designated local representative;
(d)The State Office shall provide a copy of the order upon the applicant, and the prime supplier’s designated state representative.
(a)If the State Office fails to take action on an application under the state set-aside program within ten days of filing or, under the assignment to new end-users program, within 90 days of filing, it shall be deemed denied in all respects, and the applicant may appeal;
(b)The State Office may temporarily suspend the running of the ten-day period if it finds that additional information is necessary or that the application was improperly filed. The temporary suspension shall remain in effect until the State Office deems the deficiencies cured and so notifies the applicant.
(11)Appeal: Any person aggrieved by the state set-aside assignment order may file an appeal with the State Office in accordance with the procedures established in these rules. The appeal shall be filed within 15 days of services of the order in a set-aside proceeding and within 30 days of service of the order in an assignment proceeding. There has not been an exhaustion of administrative remedies until an appeal has been filed and the appellate proceeding is completed by the issuance of an order granting or denying the appeal.
Rule 330-080-0015 — State Set-Aside Program,