(a) Violations of rules, regulations, or orders promulgated pursuant to Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973
If upon investigation the Secretary or his authorized representative believes that a person has violated any regulation, rule, or order described in section
7191(a) of this title promulgated pursuant to the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973  [15 U.S.C. 751 et seq.], he may issue a remedial order to the person. Each remedial order shall be in writing and shall describe with particularity the nature of the violation, including a reference to the provision of such rule, regulation, or order alleged to have been violated. For purposes of this section “person” includes any individual, association, company, corporation, partnership, or other entity however organized.
(b) Notice of intent to contest; final order not subject to review
If within thirty days after the receipt of the remedial order issued by the Secretary, the person fails to notify the Secretary that he intends to contest the remedial order, the remedial order shall become effective and shall be deemed a final order of the Secretary and not subject to review by any court or agency.
(c) Notice of contestation to Commission; stay; hearing; cross examination; final order; enforcement and review
If within thirty days after the receipt of the remedial order issued by the Secretary, the person notifies the Secretary that he intends to contest a remedial order issued under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary shall immediately advise the Commission of such notification. Upon such notice, the Commission shall stay the effect of the remedial order, unless the Commission finds the public interest requires immediate compliance with such remedial order. The Commission shall, upon request, afford an opportunity for a hearing, including, at a minimum, the submission of briefs, oral or documentary evidence, and oral arguments. To the extent that the Commission in its discretion determines that such is required for a full and true disclosure of the facts, the Commission shall afford the right of cross examination. The Commission shall thereafter issue an order, based on findings of fact, affirming, modifying, or vacating the Secretary’s remedial order, or directing other appropriate relief, and such order shall, for the purpose of judicial review, constitute a final agency action, except that enforcement and other judicial review of such action shall be the responsibility of the Secretary.
(d) Time limits
The Secretary may set reasonable time limits for the Commission to complete action on a proceeding referred to it pursuant to this section.
(e) Effect on procedural action taken by Secretary prior to issuance of initial remedial order
Nothing in preceding provisions of this section shall be construed to affect any procedural action taken by the Secretary prior to or incident to initial issuance of a remedial order which is the subject of the hearing provided in preceding provisions of this section, but such procedures shall be reviewable in the hearing.
(f) Savings provision
The provisions of preceding provisions of this section shall be applicable only with respect to proceedings initiated by a notice of probable violation issued after October 1, 1977.
(g) Retroactive application; marketing of petroleum products
With respect to any person whose sole petroleum industry operation relates to the marketing of petroleum products, the Secretary or any person acting on his behalf may not exercise discretion to maintain a civil action (other than an action for injunctive relief) or issue a remedial order against such person for any violation of any rule or regulation if—
(1)such civil action or order is based on a retroactive application of such rule or regulation or is based upon a retroactive interpretation of such rule or regulation; and
(2)such person relied in good faith upon rules, regulations, or ruling in effect on the date of the violation interpreting such rules or regulations.
The Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973, referred to in subsec. (a), is Pub. L. 93–159, Nov. 27, 1973, 87 Stat. 628, as amended, which was classified generally to chapter 16A (§ 751 et seq.) of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, and was omitted from the Code pursuant to section
760g of Title
15, which provided for the expiration of the President’s authority under that chapter on Sept. 30, 1981.
1978—Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 95–620, § 805(b), inserted “preceding provisions of” before “this section”.
Amendment by Pub. L. 95–620effective 180 days after Nov. 9, 1978, see section 901 ofPub. L. 95–620, set out as an Effective Date note under section
8301 of this title.
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