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52 Pa. Code § 5.571. Reopening prior to a final decision.

§ 5.571. Reopening prior to a final decision.

 (a)  At any time after the record is closed but before a final decision is issued, a party may file a petition to reopen the proceeding for the purpose of taking additional evidence.

 (b)  A petition to reopen must set forth clearly the facts claimed to constitute grounds requiring reopening of the proceeding, including material changes of fact or of law alleged to have occurred since the conclusion of the hearing.

 (c)  Within 10 days following the service of the petition, another party may file an answer thereto.

 (d)  The record may be reopened upon notification to the parties in a proceeding for the reception of further evidence if there is reason to believe that conditions of fact or of law have so changed as to require, or that the public interest requires, the reopening of the proceeding.

   (1)  The presiding officer may reopen the record if the presiding officer has not issued a decision or has not certified the record to the Commission.

   (2)  The Commission may reopen the record after the presiding officer has issued a decision or certified the record to the Commission.

 (e)  Subsections (a)—(e) supersede 1 Pa. Code § §  35.231—35.233 (relating to reopening of record).


   The provisions of this §  5.571 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  5.571 adopted October 14, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended April 28, 2006, effective April 29, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 2097. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (275287).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  5.431 (relating to close of record).

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