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52 Pa. Code § 1.32. Filing specifications.

§ 1.32. Filing specifications.

 (a)  Paper filings. A paper filing made with the Commission must be:

   (1)  Typewritten. Pleadings, submittals or other documents filed in proceedings, if not printed, must be typewritten on paper cut or folded to letter size, 8 to 8 1/2 inches wide by 10 1/2 to 11 inches long, with left-hand margin at least 1 inch wide and other margins at least 1 inch. The impression must be on only one side of the paper, unless there are more than four pages, and shall be double spaced, except that quotations in excess of a few lines shall be single spaced and indented. Reproduced copies shall be accepted as typewritten, if copies are clearly legible.

   (2)  Printed. Printed documents must be at least 10-point type on unglazed paper, cut or folded so as not to exceed 8 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches long, with inside margin at least 1 inch wide, and with double-leaded text and single-leaded, indented quotations.

   (3)  Bound. Pleadings, submittals and other documents, other than correspondence, must be stapled, fastened or otherwise bound at the left side only.

 (b)  Electronic filings.

   (1)  Participation. A person may register to use the electronic filing system in accordance with the registration instructions available on the Commission’s web site at http://www.puc.state.pa.us/. Registration as a filing user constitutes an agreement to receive electronic service, unless the filing user indicates upon registration that the filing user does not agree to receive electronic service. A person will not be required to register to use the electronic filing system to be a party in a Commission proceeding. A person that does not register to use the electronic filing system shall file and serve documents, and shall be served in accordance with the rules in Chapters 1, 3 and 5 (relating to rules of administrative practice and procedure; special provisions; and formal proceedings) for the filing and service of documents in paper form.

   (2)  Requirements. An electronic filing made with the Commission must:

     (i)   Comply with the requirements in subsection (a) regarding margins, spacing and type size.

     (ii)   Be a qualified document that is listed in the categories of documents that the Commission, after notice and opportunity to be heard, has designated as being permitted to be filed electronically.

     (iii)   Be in PDF format so that the document, and when feasible, its attachments, shall be capable of being printed and copied without restriction, and may not require a password to view the contents.

     (iv)   Be filed in accordance with the instructions made available on the Commission’s web site at http://www.puc.state.pa.us/.

   (3)  Size restriction. A filing, including attachments, that exceeds 10 megabytes may not be filed electronically.

   (4)  Restriction for filings containing confidential information. Filings containing confidential information, including confidential security information, as defined in section 2 of the Public Utility Confidential Security Information Disclosure Protection Act (35 P.S. §  2141.2) and sensitive and confidential information protected as an exemption to public disclosure under section 708(b) of the Right-to-Know Law (65 P.S. §  67.708(b)) regarding exceptions for public records may not be filed electronically. Filings containing confidential information shall be filed in paper form. Redacted, public versions of those filings shall be filed in paper form or on a CD-ROM or DVD. The Commission will post redacted, public versions on the electronic filing system.

   (5)  Confirmation of receipt. The electronic filing system will generate a notice confirming the successful receipt of a filing made electronically. The notice will contain the date and time that the filing was received and a link to the filing.

   (6)  Revocation of participation in the electronic filing system.

     (i)   Revocation by the filing user. Filing users may revoke their participation in the electronic filing system for all Commission proceedings by filing a notice of revocation with the Secretary. The notice must contain the user’s name, user ID, address and e-mail addresses, the name of the party that the user represents, the names of all authorized users on the same account, the effective date of the revocation, and all Commission proceedings in which the user is a party or participant, or provides representation. Upon receipt of the notice, the Commission will cancel the filing user’s user ID and password. Filing users who are parties in an active Commission proceeding at the time of revocation and who have agreed to receive electronic service, shall serve the other parties to the proceeding with a notice of revocation and file with the Secretary a certificate of service consistent with § §  1.57 and 1.58 (relating to proof of service; and form of service) memorializing this service.

     (ii)   Revocation by the Commission. The Commission may revoke a filing user’s participation in the electronic filing system and may cancel the filing user’s user ID and password, after providing the filing user with notice, when the Commission determines that the filing user is abusing the electronic filing privileges. Filing users whose user ID and password have been revoked and who are parties in an active Commission proceeding at the time of revocation and who have agreed to receive electronic service, shall serve the other parties to the proceeding with a notice of revocation and file with the Secretary a certificate of service consistent with § §  1.57 and 1.58 memorializing this service.

     (iii)   Abuse of electronic filing privileges. Abuse of the Commission’s electronic filing privileges includes knowingly permitting unauthorized use of a user ID and password and knowingly engaging in actions that interfere with the security of the electronic filing system, including the introduction of a virus or destructive programming into the electronic filing system.

 (c)  Supersession. Subsection (a) is identical to 1 Pa. Code §  33.2 (relating to form).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.32 amended under 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504, 523, 1301, 1501 and 1504.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.32 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended September 26, 2008, effective September 27, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 5303; amended January 10, 2014, effective January 11, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 249. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (358918) to (358920).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  1.8 (relating to definitions); 52 Pa. Code §  3.501 (relating to certificate of public convenience as a water supplier or wastewater collection, treatment or disposal provider); 52 Pa. Code §  3.601 (relating to general); 52 Pa. Code §  5.412a (relating to electronic submission of pre-served testimony); 52 Pa. Code §  51.13 (relating to diversity reporting requirement); 52 Pa. Code §  56.173 (relating to review from informal complaint decisions of the Bureau of Consumer Services); 52 Pa. Code §  56.403 (relating to review from informal complaint decisions of the Bureau of Consumer Services); and 52 Pa. Code §  69.809 (relating to major telecommunications utility filings).



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