Federal Energy Administration's Compliance Program in the New England Area

EMD-77-71: Published: Nov 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1977.

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Several compliance cases in the Boston Regional Office of the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) have remained open for periods in excess of one year. As a result, the effectiveness of the compliance program has been limited. Similar problems appear to exist nationwide.

The most significant factor contributing to the delays in case resolution has been the FEA inability to resolve regulatory issues arising because of the complexity of the price regulations. Until the regulations are clarified and written in a manner to eliminate ambiguity, compliance case resolution will continue to be impeded by unresolved regulatory issues. The FEA compliance program cannot be effective until the agency revises its regulations so that they can be enforced.

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