Today, the Department of Energy announced that it had resolved civil penalty actions against four showerhead manufacturers for having violated the Department's water conservation certification regulations. To resolve these actions Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs Ltd. have now certified that their showerheads meet federal water conservation standards and collectively will pay civil penalties of $165,104.
Today, the Department of Energy issued a request for information to help it improve its energy efficiency certification and enforcement regulations. In its new Request for Information Regarding Revising the Energy Efficiency Certification and Enforcement Regulations (“RFI”), the Department seeks comment on how to strengthen DOE’s energy efficiency regulations to encourage compliance and prevent manufacturers who break the law from having a competitive advantage over those that adhere to the rules.
“The Office of Environmental Management has decided not to move forward at this time with its February decision to direct contractors to start planning for higher concentrations of plutonium in waste canisters at the Savannah River Site. While this may ultimately be a better way to manage and minimize the volume of waste, the Department wants to further review the issues involved before proceeding. No canisters have been filled at the higher concentration level.”
On January 7, 2010, DOE entered into a Consent Decree with Haier America regarding a problem with four models of Haier freezers that resulted in those freezers not achieving their advertised energy efficiency. DOE recently became aware that some consumers eligible for repairs were incorrectly told that they were not eligible. Haier has resolved the problem, and consumers are encouraged to contact Haier to verify whether or not their freezers are covered.
On April 23, 2010, the Department of Energy opposed the State of Washington’s motion to enjoin the Department's efforts to wind down the Yucca Mountain Program. The Department's filing, made in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, explained that Washington had not demonstrated either a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable injury. The Department's filing can be found here.
The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.
The U.S. Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of lighting products manufactured by Habitex Corporation and sold under the Target and Adesso brand names based on test data provided by the companies. The Department requested information from the three companies last month in response to a complaint that these products did not meet the Department’s energy efficiency standards for torchieres.
The Department of Energy has issued one subpoena and two data requests to three companies in response to allegations that the companies are selling refrigerator-freezers that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards. Under the subpoena, Arçelik A.S, a Turkish Company is required to submit detailed information about the design, marketing and U.S.
The United States Department of Energy today filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a petition requesting that the Commission review and reverse an order by the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board which suspended, until it receives guidance from the Court of Appeals, consideration of the Department’s motion to withdraw its pending application to license the Yucca Mountain geologic repository.
Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models - one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards. This is the latest step in the Department's investigation into whether AeroSys has been selling products in the U.S. that violate minimum appliance efficiency standards.