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PUCO Policy Statement for Executive Order 2008-04S

Executive Order 2008-04S “Implementing Common Sense Business Regulation,” paragraph 5(f) provides as follows:

“Agencies should when appropriate waive penalties for first-time or isolated paperwork or procedural regulatory non-compliance. Each cabinet agency, board and commission shall prepare and publish on its website, a policy describing the circumstances in which such waivers shall be granted.”

In accordance with EO 2008-04S and HB 285, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s (PUCO) goal is to assure that its customers have the opportunity to achieve compliance with its regulations.  A penalty will generally not be imposed for such paperwork violations unless the violation poses actual or potential harm to the general public or hinders the ability of the PUCO to assure Ohioans adequate, safe, and reliable public utility services at a fair price.