MSHA - Code of Federal Regulations - 30 CFR 44.41
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MSHA - Title 30 CFR
30 CFR § 44.41
Summary decision.

(a) No genuine issue of material fact. (1) Where no genuine issue of a material fact is found to have been raised, the administrative law judge may issue an initial decision to become final 30 days after service thereof, unless, within such time, any party has filed an appeal with the Assistant Secretary. Thereafter, the Assistant Secretary, after consideration of the entire record, may issue a final decision.

(2) An initial decision and a final decision made under this paragraph shall include a statement of--

(a)(2)(i) Findings and conclusions, and the reasons therefor, on all issues presented; and

(a)(2)(ii) Any terms and conditions of the rule or order.

(3) A copy of an initial decision and final decision under this paragraph shall be served on each party.

(b) Hearings on issues of fact. Where a genuine question of material fact is raised, the administrative law judge shall, and in any other case may, set the case for an evidentiary hearing in accordance with Subpart C of this part.

Subpart E--Effect of Initial Decision