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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 20. Public Utilities And Telecommunications
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 309. Rules for Enforcement of the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act

20VAC5-309-60. Sanctions.

A. The State Corporation Commission (commission) may, by judgment entered after a hearing on notice duly served on any person not less than 30 days before the date of the hearing, enjoin or impose sanctions not inconsistent with Chapter 3 (§ 12.1-12 et seq.) of Title 12.1 and § 56-265.32 of the Code of Virginia if it is proved that the person violated any of the provisions of this chapter as a result of a failure to exercise reasonable care. Any proceeding or civil penalty undertaken pursuant to this section shall not prevent nor preempt the right of any party to obtain civil damages for personal injury or property damage in private causes of action. This subsection shall not authorize the commission to impose civil penalties on any county, city, town, or other political subdivision. However, the commission shall inform the counties, cities, towns, and other political subdivisions of reports of alleged violations involving the locality or political subdivision and, at the request of the locality or political subdivision, suggest corrective action.

B. In determining the amount of any civil penalty included in a settlement, the nature, circumstances, and gravity of the violation; the degree of the defendant's culpability; the defendant's history of prior offenses; and such other factors as may be appropriate shall be considered.

C. The defendant shall pay a civil penalty that has been assessed or compromised by submitting to the division a certified check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia in the correct amount. All such penalties shall be deposited in the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Special Fund.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 56-265.30 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Case No. PUE940071 § 6, eff. December 30, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 40, Issue 16, eff. April 1, 2024.

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