7 CFR § 1.417 - Review period.

§ 1.417 Review period.

(a)Review of comments. The sourcing area applicant, the sourcing area holder whose sourcing area is the subject of a formal review and other parties who submitted written comments will be allowed 10 working days from the close of the comment period to review the written comments at the Regional Forester's office during regular business hours.

(b)Recommendation to Judge to approve or disapprove a sourcing area application. During the 10 working day review period, parties who have submitted written comments on an application or on a formal review of a sourcing area may submit a written recommendation to the Judge, including an analysis of the facts and law as to why the Judge should approve or disapprove that application. A sourcing area applicant whose sourcing area application is the subject of the proceeding, and a sourcing area holder whose sourcing area is the subject of a formal review, may also submit a written recommendation to the Judge. The recommendation must be postmarked no later than the 10th working day of the review period.

(c)Request for a hearing. The sourcing area applicant, the sourcing area holder whose sourcing area is the subject of a formal review and persons who submitted written comments, or the attorney of record for a party in the proceeding, may review the comments and request a hearing within 10 working days after the comment period, pursuant to 36 CFR 233.190(h)(2). The request must be postmarked no later than the 10th working day of the review period. An attorney may file an appearance of record prior to the scheduled hearing. The request for a hearing shall be filed with the Judge. The hearing is for the purpose of supplementing the written record submitted prior to the hearing. The written record submitted prior to the hearing consists of papers and documents submitted during the 30 calendar day comment period, the 10 working day review period, and any motions submitted before the hearing. For purposes of a formal review of a sourcing area, the written record also consists of the papers and documents submitted during the informal review.

(1)Contents of the notice of hearing. The Judge shall issue a notice of hearing regarding a particular sourcing area application or regarding formal review of a sourcing area application or regarding formal review of a sourcing area to all parties of record for that application or formal review. The notice of hearing shall contain a reference to the authority under which the sourcing area is proposed or formally reviewed; shall define the scope of the hearing; shall contain a reference to the sourcing area that is the subject of the hearing; and shall state the date, time and place of such hearing; and shall state the date, time and place of such hearing; which shall be set with due regard for the necessity and convenience of the parties of record or their representatives. The Judge shall schedule a hearing no later than 21 calendar days after the 10 working day period for reviewing written comments ends. The Judge may consolidate requests for a hearing regarding the same application.

(2)Giving notice of hearing. The notice of hearing shall be served upon the parties of record for the sourcing area application at issue by the Hearing Clerk.