CFR Title 10 Energy

CFR Title 10 – Energy

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2018-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Water-Source Heat PumpsOn June 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water- source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). This notice announces an...2018-14606"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-09/pdf/2018-14606.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14606/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-water-source-heat-pumpsOn June 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water- source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). This notice announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting comments on the RFI or any other subject within the scope of the RFI. The comment period is extended to September 21, 2018.
2018-06-28RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMiscellaneous CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous administrative updates and corrections. The amendments update descriptions of agency organization and functions, correct cross-reference, typographical, and...2018-13877"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13877.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/28/2018-13877/miscellaneous-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous administrative updates and corrections. The amendments update descriptions of agency organization and functions, correct cross-reference, typographical, and grammatical errors, and add a certification recipient and clarifying language. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive amendments to the NRC's regulations.
2018-06-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking Products, Notice of Petition for RulemakingThis document reopens the public comment period for submitting comments, data and information on the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) petition to withdraw the conventional cooking top test procedure published on April 25, 2018. The...2018-13927"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13927.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/28/2018-13927/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-products-notice-of-petition-for-rulemakingThis document reopens the public comment period for submitting comments, data and information on the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) petition to withdraw the conventional cooking top test procedure published on April 25, 2018. The public comment period closed on June 25, 2018 and is reopened for 21 days until July 19, 2018.
2018-06-25RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as...2018-13320"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13320.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/25/2018-13320/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90) which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees.
2018-06-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Water-Source Heat PumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water-source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this...2018-13430"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13430.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/22/2018-13430/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-water-source-heat-pumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water-source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern: Methods that are incorporated by reference by the applicable industry standard; efficiency metrics and calculations; additional specifications for the test methods; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the test procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2018-06-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into...2018-13187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-six-month-delay-of-the-general-compliance-dateIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
2018-05-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Metal Halide Lamp FixturesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs). To inform interested parties and to facilitate...2018-11547"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-30/pdf/2018-11547.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/30/2018-11547/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-metal-halide-lamp-fixturesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data and identified several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern updates to industry standards and potential clarifications to the existing test procedure for MHLFs. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not directly outlined in this RFI. DOE also welcomes comments on any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a potential future test procedure rulemaking, such as methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy.
2018-05-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fan Light KitsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to amend the compliance date for energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). The energy conservation standards for CFLKs were issued by DOE on January 6, 2016, and...2018-10440"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-16/pdf/2018-10440.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/16/2018-10440/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fan-light-kitsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to amend the compliance date for energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). The energy conservation standards for CFLKs were issued by DOE on January 6, 2016, and compliance with the standards was required on January 7, 2019. The ``Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act,'' subsequently deemed the compliance date for DOE's CFLKs standards to be January 21, 2020, and required DOE to amend its regulation to reflect this requirement. DOE is also updating a cross-reference in the regulations that was mistakenly not updated when the ceiling fan energy conservation standards were codified.
2018-05-15Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionCyber Security for Byproduct Materials LicenseesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity that would have developed cyber security requirements for byproduct materials licensees possessing risk- significant quantities of radioactive materials. The purpose...2018-10358"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-15/pdf/2018-10358.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10358/cyber-security-for-byproduct-materials-licenseesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity that would have developed cyber security requirements for byproduct materials licensees possessing risk- significant quantities of radioactive materials. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public of the discontinuation of the rulemaking activity and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision. The rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2018-05-04RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionModified Small Quantities ProtocolThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to collect information on nuclear material possessed by entities in the U.S. Caribbean Territories, as well as to allow for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection...2018-09462"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-04/pdf/2018-09462.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/04/2018-09462/modified-small-quantities-protocolThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to collect information on nuclear material possessed by entities in the U.S. Caribbean Territories, as well as to allow for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection access, if requested by the IAEA. This final rule implements the requirements of ``The Agreement between the United States of America and the IAEA for the application of safeguards in connection with the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America'' (INFCIRC/366 or U.S.- IAEA Caribbean Territories Safeguards Agreement), that apply to the United States (U.S.) based on modifications to this Agreement's small quantities protocol.
2018-04-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentHuman Reliability ProgramDOE is amending its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear...2018-08697"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-26/pdf/2018-08697.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/26/2018-08697/human-reliability-programDOE is amending its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear explosive devices, facilities and programs meet the highest standards of reliability and physical and mental suitability. The revisions include some clarification of the procedures and burden of proof applicable in certification review hearings, the addition and modification of certain definitions, and a clear statement that a security concern can be reviewed pursuant to the HRP regulation in addition to the DOE regulations for determining eligibility for access to classified matter or special nuclear material. These revisions are intended to provide better guidance to HRP-certified individuals and to ensure consistency in HRP decision making.
2018-04-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking Products, Notification of Petition for RulemakingOn March 26, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to withdraw, and immediately stay the effectiveness of, the conventional cooking top test procedure. Through this...2018-08641"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-25/pdf/2018-08641.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/25/2018-08641/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-products-notification-of-petition-forOn March 26, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to withdraw, and immediately stay the effectiveness of, the conventional cooking top test procedure. Through this notification, DOE seeks comment on the petition, as well as any data or information that could be used in DOE's determination whether to proceed with the petition.
2018-04-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers, Notification of Petition for RulemakingOn March 21, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) for residential dishwashers. The new product class...2018-08521"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08521.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/24/2018-08521/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dishwashers-notification-of-petitionOn March 21, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) for residential dishwashers. The new product class would cover dishwashers with a cycle time of less than one hour from washing through drying. Through this notification, DOE seeks comment on the petition, as well as any data or information that could be used in DOE's determination whether to proceed with the petition.
2018-04-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentNuclear Classification and DeclassificationThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its regulations concerning the requirements for classification and declassification of Restricted Data (RD) and Formerly Restricted Data (FRD). Since 1997, when DOE amended the regulations, changes in...2018-07990"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-23/pdf/2018-07990.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/23/2018-07990/nuclear-classification-and-declassificationThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its regulations concerning the requirements for classification and declassification of Restricted Data (RD) and Formerly Restricted Data (FRD). Since 1997, when DOE amended the regulations, changes in legislation and DOE and national policies have rendered portions of the existing regulations outdated. The proposed revisions update the regulations to address these changes. Additional changes made are to clarify requirements, as well as allow agencies more flexibility in implementing RD/FRD programs. This proposed rule is rewritten for clarity and reorganized for ease of use.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the...2018-08231"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08231.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08231/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-proposed-six-month-delay-of-the-generalIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
2018-04-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notification of Intent To Establish a Working Group for Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Test Procedures and Energy Conservation StandardsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is giving notice that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal...2018-07487"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-11/pdf/2018-07487.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/11/2018-07487/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notification-of-intent-to-establish-aThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is giving notice that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (NRA) to negotiate proposed test procedures and amended energy conservation standards for variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems). The purpose of the working group will be to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule regarding test procedures and energy conservation standards for VRF multi-split systems, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, as amended. The working group will consist of representatives of parties having a defined stake in the outcome of the proposed standards and/or test procedure, and will consult as appropriate with a range of experts on technical issues. DOE is hereby soliciting nominations for members of the VRF multi-split systems working group. Application packages should be submitted to DOE by April 26, 2018.
2018-03-22Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRequirements for the Indefinite Storage of Spent Nuclear FuelThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Raymond Lutz and Citizens Oversight, Inc. (the Petitioners), dated January 2, 2018, requesting that the NRC amend its regulations regarding spent nuclear fuel...2018-05776"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-22/pdf/2018-05776.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/22/2018-05776/requirements-for-the-indefinite-storage-of-spent-nuclear-fuelThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Raymond Lutz and Citizens Oversight, Inc. (the Petitioners), dated January 2, 2018, requesting that the NRC amend its regulations regarding spent nuclear fuel storage systems. The petition was docketed by the NRC on January 22, 2018, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-72-8. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-72-8 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition.
2018-02-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards Program DesignThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on November 28, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S....2018-03737"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-23/pdf/2018-03737.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/23/2018-03737/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-program-designThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on November 28, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservations Standards (ECS) program. The comment period for the RFI ends on February 26, 2018. Through this notice, DOE extends the comment period until March 26, 2018.
2018-02-14Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionGreater-Than-Class C and Transuranic WasteThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking stakeholder participation and involvement in identifying the various technical issues that should be considered in the development of a regulatory basis for the disposal of Greater-than-Class C...2018-03085"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-14/pdf/2018-03085.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/14/2018-03085/greater-than-class-c-and-transuranic-wasteThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking stakeholder participation and involvement in identifying the various technical issues that should be considered in the development of a regulatory basis for the disposal of Greater-than-Class C (GTCC) and transuranic radioactive waste through means other than a deep geologic disposal, including near surface disposal. To assist in this process, the NRC is holding a public meeting and is requesting that stakeholders respond to the questions discussed in Section IV, ``Specific Request for Comments,'' of this document.
2018-02-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer ProductsThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on December 18, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying potential modifications to its ``Process Rule'' for the development of appliance...2018-02440"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-07/pdf/2018-02440.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/07/2018-02440/energy-conservation-program-procedures-interpretations-and-policies-for-consideration-of-new-orThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on December 18, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying potential modifications to its ``Process Rule'' for the development of appliance standards. The comment period for the RFI ends on February 16, 2018. Through this notice, DOE extends the comment period until March 2, 2018.
2018-02-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a regulatory analysis to support the regulatory basis for a rulemaking to amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. This regulatory analysis is based on...2018-02402"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-07/pdf/2018-02402.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/07/2018-02402/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a regulatory analysis to support the regulatory basis for a rulemaking to amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. This regulatory analysis is based on receipt of public comments for the preliminary draft regulatory analysis, which was issued in the Federal Register on May 9, 2017. The NRC is making the regulatory analysis available for public information.
2018-01-25Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget...2018-01065"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-25/pdf/2018-01065.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/25/2018-01065/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees; amounts appropriated for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR), generic homeland security activities, and Inspector General (IG) services for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, as well as any amounts appropriated from the Nuclear Waste Fund, are excluded from this fee-recovery requirement. The NRC is issuing the fiscal year (FY) 2018 proposed fee rule based on the FY 2018 budget request since full-year appropriations have not yet been enacted for FY 2018. The NRC is using $967.0 million for the total budget authority in the proposed fee rule because it has included an adjustment to account for funding of $15.0 million for the Integrated University Program, which was not included in the budget request, but has historically been included by Congress in the final appropriations bill. Based on that total budget authority, the NRC is proposing to collect $826.7 million in fees in FY 2018. If the NRC receives an appropriation providing a different total budget authority, the final fee rule will reflect the final appropriation.
2018-01-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and 14; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017, which amended its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System...2018-01278"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-24/pdf/2018-01278.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/24/2018-01278/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017, which amended its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. That direct final rule was effective on December 11, 2017. The technical specifications (TS) for the NUHOMS[supreg] System, Renewed Amendments No. 11, Revision 1, and No. 13, Revision 1 included an incorrect title in Figure 1-15. The purpose of this action is to correct this minor editorial and non-substantive error to Figure 1-15 for both Renewed Amendments No. 11, Revision 1, and No. 13, Revision 1.
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00997/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
2018-01-18RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIncorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code Cases; CorrectionThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 18, 2017, to incorporate by reference recent editions of and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes for nuclear power...2018-00708"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00708.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00708/incorporation-by-reference-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-codes-and-code-casesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 18, 2017, to incorporate by reference recent editions of and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes for nuclear power plants. The final rule contained a minor error when referring to a table related to certification requirements for non-destructive examination personnel. In addition, the final rule contained a minor error in a requirement for check valve monitoring. This document corrects the final rule by revising the section that contains these errors.
2018-01-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Microwave OvensThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for microwave ovens. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process,...2018-00776"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00776.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00776/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-microwave-ovensThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for microwave ovens. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the measurement of active mode, standby mode, and off mode energy use, and an integrated annual energy use metric for microwave ovens; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedures' accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2018-01-17RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionApproval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code CasesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference (IBR) the latest revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) approving new, revised, and reaffirmed Code Cases published by the American Society of...2018-00112"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-17/pdf/2018-00112.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/17/2018-00112/approval-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-code-casesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference (IBR) the latest revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) approving new, revised, and reaffirmed Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This action allows nuclear power plant licensees and applicants for construction permits, operating licenses, combined licenses, standard design certifications, standard design approvals and manufacturing licenses to voluntarily use the Code Cases listed in these RGs as alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection (ISI), and inservice testing (IST) of nuclear power plant components. These engineering standards are set forth in the ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Codes and ASME Operation and Maintenance (OM) Codes, which are currently incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations. This final rule announces the availability of the final versions of the three RGs that are being incorporated by reference. Further, the final rule announces the availability of a related RG, not incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations that lists Code Cases that the NRC has not approved for use.
2018-01-12RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionAdjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for Fiscal Year 2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2018-00368"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-12/pdf/2018-00368.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/12/2018-00368/adjustment-of-civil-penalties-for-inflation-for-fiscal-year-2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (FCPIAA), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Improvements Act). The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $285,057 to $290,875 per violation, per day. Additionally, the NRC is amending provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $10,957 to $11,181 for each false claim or statement.
2018-01-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil...2018-00206"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-11/pdf/2018-00206.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/11/2018-00206/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.
2018-01-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentGrid Security Emergency Orders: Procedures for IssuanceThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is issuing a final rule that establishes procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order under the Federal Power Act. The statute authorizes the Secretary of Energy to...2018-00259"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-10/pdf/2018-00259.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/10/2018-00259/grid-security-emergency-orders-procedures-for-issuanceThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is issuing a final rule that establishes procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order under the Federal Power Act. The statute authorizes the Secretary of Energy to order emergency measures, following a Presidential declaration of a grid security emergency, to protect or restore the reliability of critical electric infrastructure or defense critical electric infrastructure during the emergency. A grid security emergency could result from a physical attack, a cyber-attack using electronic communication, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), or a geomagnetic storm event, damaging certain electricity infrastructure assets and impairing the reliability of the Nation's power grid. The procedures established by this final rule will ensure the expeditious issuance of emergency orders under the Federal Power Act.
2017-12-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Rough Service Lamps and Vibration Service LampsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule in order to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and...2017-27744"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-26/pdf/2017-27744.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/26/2017-27744/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-rough-service-lamps-and-vibrationThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule in order to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. These backstop requirements apply as a result of the subject lamps exceeding sales thresholds specified in the statute. In particular, this rule applies a statutorily-established 40-watt maximum energy use and packaging limitation to rough service lamps and vibration service lamps.
2017-12-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer ProductsAs part of its implementation of, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' (January 30, 2017) and, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' (Feb. 24, 2017), the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments and information from...2017-27066"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/pdf/2017-27066.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/18/2017-27066/procedures-interpretations-and-policies-for-consideration-of-new-or-revised-energy-conservationAs part of its implementation of, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' (January 30, 2017) and, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' (Feb. 24, 2017), the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying potential modifications to its ``Process Rule'' for the development of appliance standards to achieve meaningful burden reduction while continuing to achieve the Department's statutory obligations in the development of appliance standards. DOE will also hold a public meeting to receive input from interested parties on potential improvements to the ``Process Rule''. This RFI is the first in a series of steps DOE is taking to consider modifications to the ``Process Rule.'' Subsequently, DOE expects to expeditiously publish an ANPRM that will provide feedback on the public comment received in response to this notice and seek additional information on potential improvements to our process for developing and promulgating energy efficiency standards.
2017-12-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentWorker Safety and Health ProgramThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending the worker safety and health program regulations to update the safety and health standards and delete the obsolete directives currently incorporated by reference in the code of federal regulations. The...2017-27190"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/pdf/2017-27190.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/18/2017-27190/worker-safety-and-health-programThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending the worker safety and health program regulations to update the safety and health standards and delete the obsolete directives currently incorporated by reference in the code of federal regulations. The regulatory amendments do not alter substantive rights or obligations under current law.
2017-12-08RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and 14The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of December 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-26508"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26508.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/08/2017-26508/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of December 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. These changes require, among other things, that all future amendments and revisions to this CoC include evaluations of the impacts to aging management activities (i.e., time-limited aging analyses (TLAAs) and aging management programs (AMPs)) to ensure that they remain adequate to timely identify any changes to spent fuel storage cask systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within the scope of the renewal.
2017-12-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Matter or Special Nuclear MaterialThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The revisions update appendix A, and related text, with the most current...2017-25257"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-04/pdf/2017-25257.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/04/2017-25257/procedures-for-determining-eligibility-for-access-to-classified-matter-or-special-nuclear-materialThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The revisions update appendix A, and related text, with the most current national standards for determining eligibility for access to classified matter and special nuclear material, and delete references to Executive Order 10450, which was revoked pursuant to Executive Order 13764, dated January 17, 2017.
2017-11-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards Program DesignThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards (ECS) program. Flexibilities could include market-based...2017-25663"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-28/pdf/2017-25663.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/28/2017-25663/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-program-designThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards (ECS) program. Flexibilities could include market-based approaches such as those used to set average efficiency standards, feebate programs, or other approaches that may reduce compliance costs and/or increase consumer choice while preserving or enhancing appliance efficiency. This RFI discusses key issues and requests feedback on the possible design of such a program. DOE additionally requests feedback on possible economic efficiency gains, impacts on consumer and manufacturer costs and on energy savings, and suggestions for a pilot product category and/or phase-in of revisions across the ECS program. DOE also requests feedback on any potential challenges associated with designing and implementing any of these flexible program approaches as well as possible solutions.
2017-11-27Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing a regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations would be to...2017-25552"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-27/pdf/2017-25552.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/27/2017-25552/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing a regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations would be to provide for an efficient decommissioning process; reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations; address other decommissioning issues deemed relevant by the NRC staff; and support the principles of good regulation, including openness, clarity, and reliability.
2017-11-24Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionLow-Level Radioactive Waste DisposalOn October 17, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on the draft regulatory analysis, ``Draft Regulatory Analysis for Final Rule: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal.'' The public comment period closed on...2017-25341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-24/pdf/2017-25341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/24/2017-25341/low-level-radioactive-waste-disposalOn October 17, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on the draft regulatory analysis, ``Draft Regulatory Analysis for Final Rule: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal.'' The public comment period closed on November 16, 2017. The NRC has decided to extend the public comment period until December 18, 2017, to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments.
2017-11-15RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMiscellaneous CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. The amendments include correcting references, an address and a misspelling. The amendments will also make references to persons in one part of...2017-24259"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24259.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/15/2017-24259/miscellaneous-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. The amendments include correcting references, an address and a misspelling. The amendments will also make references to persons in one part of the NRC's regulations gender neutral. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive amendments to the NRC's regulations.
2017-11-15Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionEmergency Preparedness Requirements for Small Modular Reactors and Other New TechnologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a regulatory basis document in support of a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs),...2017-24672"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24672.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/15/2017-24672/emergency-preparedness-requirements-for-small-modular-reactors-and-other-new-technologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a regulatory basis document in support of a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs), such as non- light-water reactors and medical isotope production facilities. The regulatory basis concludes that there is sufficient justification to proceed with rulemaking to develop a clear set of rules and guidance for EP for SMRs and ONTs. The regulatory basis also concludes that the principle of using a dose-at-distance and consequence-oriented approach to determine the appropriate size of an emergency planning zone can be applied to SMRs and ONTs. The NRC is not seeking public comment on this document. There will be an opportunity for formal public comment on the proposed rule when it is published in the Federal Register.
2017-11-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionNaturally-Occurring and Accelerator-Produced Radioactive MaterialsOn August 23, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) received from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS, or the Petitioner). The public comment...2017-24122"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-06/pdf/2017-24122.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/06/2017-24122/naturally-occurring-and-accelerator-produced-radioactive-materialsOn August 23, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) received from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS, or the Petitioner). The public comment period is scheduled to close on November 6, 2017. The NRC has decided to extend the public comment period for 30 calendar days to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments.
2017-11-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Electric Motors and Small Electric MotorsThis notice announces receipt and publishes petitions from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and UL LLC (UL) requesting that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) incorporate the IEC 60034-2-1:2014 (2014) test methods 2-1-1A and...2017-23634"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-02/pdf/2017-23634.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/02/2017-23634/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-electric-motors-and-small-electric-motorsThis notice announces receipt and publishes petitions from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and UL LLC (UL) requesting that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) incorporate the IEC 60034-2-1:2014 (2014) test methods 2-1-1A and 2-1-1B as alternative test methods in addition to the existing test methods referenced in its regulations for determining the energy efficiency of certain electric motors and small electric motors: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards 112-2004 Method B (2004) and 114-2010 (2010); and Canadian Standards Association standards (CSA) C390-10 (2010) and C747-09 (2009). NEMA found IEC 60034-2-1:2014 Method 2-1-1B to be equivalent to IEEE 112-2004 Method B and CSA C390-10 UL testing found IEC 60034-2-1:2004 Method 2-1-1B results to be in close agreement with those of CSA C390-10, and noted that the respective methodologies of IEC 60034-2-1:2014 Method 2-1-1A and CSA C747 were also in accord. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning NEMA's and UL's petitions.
2017-10-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Distribution TransformersOn September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for distribution transformers. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information...2017-23635"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-31/pdf/2017-23635.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/31/2017-23635/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-distribution-transformersOn September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for distribution transformers. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by October 23, 2017. This document announces that the period for submitting comments on the RFI is to be re-opened until November 6, 2017.
2017-10-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionFire Protection Compensatory MeasuresThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking dated May 1, 2017, from David Lochbaum with co- petitioner Paul Gunter, on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Beyond Nuclear (the petitioners), requesting...2017-21544"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-06/pdf/2017-21544.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/06/2017-21544/fire-protection-compensatory-measuresThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking dated May 1, 2017, from David Lochbaum with co- petitioner Paul Gunter, on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Beyond Nuclear (the petitioners), requesting that the NRC ``promulgate regulations that establish acceptable conditions for use of compensatory measures (e.g., fire watches, surveillance cameras, etc.) during periods when fire protection regulations are not met.'' The petition was docketed by the NRC on May 26, 2017, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-50-115. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM- 50-115 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition.
2017-10-06RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionPrompt Remediation of Residual Radioactivity During OperationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing a rulemaking activity that would have required licensees to remediate residual radioactivity resulting from licensed activities during facility operations, rather than at license...2017-21546"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-06/pdf/2017-21546.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/06/2017-21546/prompt-remediation-of-residual-radioactivity-during-operationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing a rulemaking activity that would have required licensees to remediate residual radioactivity resulting from licensed activities during facility operations, rather than at license termination. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public that this rulemaking activity is being discontinued and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision to discontinue it. This rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2017-09-27Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, 13, Revision 1, and 14The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel...2017-20709"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-27/pdf/2017-20709.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/27/2017-20709/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, Revision 1 of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and 13, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. These changes require, among other things, that all future amendments and revisions to this CoC include evaluations of the impacts to aging management activities (i.e., time-limited aging analyses and aging management programs (AMPs)) to ensure that they remain adequate for any changes to spent fuel storage cask systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within the scope of the renewal. Each general licensee using a NUHOMS[supreg] System at a reactor site must have a program to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for each AMP described in the AREVA Inc. (AREVA) Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR). In addition, the renewals reflect the change in the name of the CoC holder from AREVA to TN Americas LLC, and make several other changes as described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of a companion direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register.
2017-09-27RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, 13, Revision 1, and 14The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage...2017-20710"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-27/pdf/2017-20710.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/27/2017-20710/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, Revision 1 of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and 13, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. These changes require, among other things, that all future amendments and revisions to this CoC include evaluations of the impacts to aging management activities (i.e., time-limited aging analyses and aging management programs (AMPs)) to ensure that they remain adequate for any changes to spent fuel storage cask systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within the scope of the renewal. Each general licensee using a NUHOMS[supreg] System at a reactor site must have a program to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for each AMP described in the AREVA Inc. (AREVA) Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR). In addition, the renewals reflect the change in the name of the CoC holder from AREVA to TN Americas LLC, and make several other changes as described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2017-09-22RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Issue Summary Regarding Certificate of Compliance Corrections and RevisionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2017-05, ``Administration of 10 CFR part 72 Certificate of Compliance Corrections and Revisions.'' This RIS informs all holders of certificates of compliance and all...2017-20226"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20226.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/22/2017-20226/regulatory-issue-summary-regarding-certificate-of-compliance-corrections-and-revisionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2017-05, ``Administration of 10 CFR part 72 Certificate of Compliance Corrections and Revisions.'' This RIS informs all holders of certificates of compliance and all general licensees subject to the licensing requirements for the independent storage of spent nuclear fuel, high-level radioactive waste, and reactor-related greater than Class C waste, of the processes to revise an initial certificate of compliance and subsequent amendments to make administrative corrections and technical changes using the existing regulatory framework.
2017-09-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Distribution TransformersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for distribution transformers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has...2017-20225"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20225.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/22/2017-20225/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-distribution-transformersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for distribution transformers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the degree to which the per-unit load (``PUL'') testing measurement accurately represents in- service distribution transformer performance, and provides test results that reflect energy efficiency, energy use, and estimated operating costs during a representative average use cycle of an in-service transformer; sampling; representations; alternative energy determination methods (``AEDMs''); and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-09-21RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: EnergySolutionsTMThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 20, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-20010"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-21/pdf/2017-20010.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/21/2017-20010/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-energysolutionstmThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 20, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutions\TM\ Corporation's VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1007.
2017-09-05RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 3The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2017. This direct final rule amended NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-18699"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-05/pdf/2017-18699.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/05/2017-18699/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2017. This direct final rule amended NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System.
2017-09-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSafeguarding of Restricted Data by Access PermitteesThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) has revised its regulations governing the standards for safeguarding Restricted Data by access permittees. The previous version of this regulation was promulgated in 1983. Since 1983, changes in...2017-18043"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18043.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/01/2017-18043/safeguarding-of-restricted-data-by-access-permitteesThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) has revised its regulations governing the standards for safeguarding Restricted Data by access permittees. The previous version of this regulation was promulgated in 1983. Since 1983, changes in organizations, terminology, and DOE and national policies rendered portions of the previous regulation outdated. This version updates existing requirements.
2017-09-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSmall-Scale Natural Gas ExportsThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to revise its regulations to provide that DOE will issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application that seeks to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to...2017-18580"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18580.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/01/2017-18580/small-scale-natural-gas-exportsThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to revise its regulations to provide that DOE will issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application that seeks to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to countries with which the United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries), provided that the application satisfies the following two criteria: The application proposes to export natural gas in a volume up to and including 0.14 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day (Bcf/d), and DOE's approval of the application does not require an environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). In proposing this revision, DOE is interpreting the phrase ``public interest'' set forth in the Natural Gas Act (NGA). DOE proposes that applications that satisfy these criteria are requesting authorization for ``small-scale natural gas exports'' and, as such, the exports are deemed to be consistent with the public interest under the NGA. DOE's regulations regarding notice of applications and procedures conducted on applications would no longer apply to applications that satisfy these criteria. The proposed regulation is intended to expedite DOE's processing of these applications, thereby reducing administrative burdens for the small-scale natural gas export market.
2017-08-31RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, and Amendment No. 10; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule on January 6, 2016, amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International, Inc. (Holtec) HI- STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of...2017-18456"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-31/pdf/2017-18456.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/31/2017-18456/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-certificateThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule on January 6, 2016, amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International, Inc. (Holtec) HI- STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. The direct final rule was effective on March 21, 2016. On March 14, 2016, the NRC published a direct final rule again amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks,'' to include Amendment No. 10 to CoC No. 1014. That direct final rule was effective on May 31, 2016. The technical specifications (TS) for both the Holtec HI-STORM 100 Cask System, Amendments No. 9, Revision 1, and No. 10 included minor editorial and non-substantive errors. The purpose of this action is correct these errors.
2017-08-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAdvanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturer Assistance ProgramThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') is adopting an interpretive rule to clarify its interpretation of Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, as amended (``EISA'') and its implementing regulations for the Advanced Technology...2017-18400"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-30/pdf/2017-18400.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/30/2017-18400/advanced-technology-vehicles-manufacturer-assistance-programThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') is adopting an interpretive rule to clarify its interpretation of Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, as amended (``EISA'') and its implementing regulations for the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program (the ``ATVM Loan Program'') authorized by Section 136. Section 136(f), which establishes requirements for the administrative costs associated with loans under the ATVM Loan Program, was implemented by DOE pursuant to a 2008 interim final rule governing the operation of the ATVM Program. The implementing regulation in part provided that the borrower would be required to pay at the time of the closing of the loan, an ``Administrative Fee'' equal to 10 basis points of the principal amount of the loan. DOE is adopting this interpretive rule to explain its view that the administrative costs imposed by Congress under Section 136(f) is separate from the cost of the outside advisors engaged by DOE in connection with the review and processing of their respective loan applications, negotiation of conditional commitments, and closing of loans.
2017-08-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Small Electric Motors and Electric MotorsOn July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for small electric motors and electric motors. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data,...2017-18408"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-30/pdf/2017-18408.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/30/2017-18408/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-small-electric-motors-and-electric-motorsOn July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for small electric motors and electric motors. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by August 30, 2017. This document announces an extension of the comment period until September 13, 2017.
2017-08-23Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionNaturally-Occurring and Accelerator-Produced Radioactive MaterialsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS) (the Petitioner) dated April 14, 2017, requesting that the NRC revise its regulations to...2017-17690"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-23/pdf/2017-17690.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/23/2017-17690/naturally-occurring-and-accelerator-produced-radioactive-materialsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS) (the Petitioner) dated April 14, 2017, requesting that the NRC revise its regulations to add radionuclides and their corresponding activities to the list of ``Quantities of Licensed Material Requiring Labeling.'' The petition was docketed by the NRC on June 21, 2017, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-30-66. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-30-66 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition.
2017-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: General Service Incandescent Lamps and Other Incandescent Lamps Request for DataThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks annual domestic sales and shipment data for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) and other incandescent lamps. DOE intends to use this sales data from stakeholders to inform its decision on whether to...2017-17212"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-15/pdf/2017-17212.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/15/2017-17212/energy-conservation-program-general-service-incandescent-lamps-and-other-incandescent-lamps-requestThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks annual domestic sales and shipment data for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) and other incandescent lamps. DOE intends to use this sales data from stakeholders to inform its decision on whether to amend standards for GSILs.
2017-08-11RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of August 21, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-16946"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-11/pdf/2017-16946.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/11/2017-16946/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of August 21, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031 for the NAC International, MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System.
2017-08-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentOccupational Radiation ProtectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a final rule to amend values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulation. The amendment to appendix C corrects the air immersion derived air concentration value...2017-16983"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-11/pdf/2017-16983.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/11/2017-16983/occupational-radiation-protectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a final rule to amend values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulation. The amendment to appendix C corrects the air immersion derived air concentration value for any single radionuclide not listed in the appendix C table with a decay mode other than alpha emission or spontaneous fission and with radioactive half- life less than two hours, adjusted for an 8-hr work day. The amendments to appendix E correct the activity information of two radionuclides, Rh-102 and Rh-102m.
2017-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for General Service Fluorescent Lamps, General Service Incandescent Lamps, Incandescent Reflector LampsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector...2017-16669"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-08/pdf/2017-16669.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/08/2017-16669/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-general-service-fluorescent-lamps-general-serviceThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector lamps. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern updating industry references in and making clarifications to DOE's test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector lamps; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedures' accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-08-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsOn September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a new metric, as well as new definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling...2017-15464"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-07/pdf/2017-15464.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/07/2017-15464/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsOn September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a new metric, as well as new definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling provisions for dedicated-purpose pool pumps (DPPPs). That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. Specifically, DOE is adopting a test procedure for measuring the weighted energy factor (WEF) for certain varieties of dedicated-purpose pool pumps. This final rule incorporates by reference certain sections of the industry test standard Hydraulic Institute (HI) 40.6-2014, ``Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing'' as the basis of the adopted test procedure. The definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling provisions are based on the recommendations of the DPPP Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).
2017-08-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Room Air ConditionersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for room air conditioners (``room ACs''). To inform interested parties and to...2017-16441"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-04/pdf/2017-16441.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/04/2017-16441/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-room-air-conditionersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for room air conditioners (``room ACs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern issues initially identified in an RFI issued in 2015 considering amendments to the current energy conservation standards and test procedure for room ACs; harmonization with the recently established portable air conditioner (``portable AC'') test procedure; clarification of the test setup and testing conditions; updated industry test procedures for room ACs; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-07-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Small Electric Motors and Electric MotorsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for small electric motors, and whether new test procedures are needed for motors beyond...2017-15848"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-31/pdf/2017-15848.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/31/2017-15848/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-small-electric-motors-and-electric-motorsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for small electric motors, and whether new test procedures are needed for motors beyond those subject to the existing Federal test procedures. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern applicability of the test procedure to additional motor categories (by topology, horsepower, non-standard construction, etc.), definitions, industry test methods, additional test procedure clarifications, and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedure for Certain Categories of Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating EquipmentIn response to statutory requirements to review its test procedures in response to any updates of the relevant industry test procedures, as referenced in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard...2017-15580"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15580.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15580/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipment-test-procedure-forIn response to statutory requirements to review its test procedures in response to any updates of the relevant industry test procedures, as referenced in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 (ASHRAE Standard 90.1), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process to consider amendments to DOE's test procedures for commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with test procedure updates included in ASHRAE Standard 90.1- 2016--specifically, those evaporatively-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (ECUACs), water-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (WCUACs), and air-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (ACUACs) which have a rated cooling capacity greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu/h and less than 760,000 Btu/h; and all classes of computer room air conditioners (CRACs); as well as to consider adopting a new test procedure for dedicated outdoor air systems (DOASes), equipment covered by ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for the first time. In response to other statutory requirements for DOE to review its test procedures at least once every seven years, DOE is also reviewing its test procedures for ECUACs and WCUACs with a rated cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h, as well as all classes of variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) but excluding single-phase systems with a rated cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h, which are covered as consumer products. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data and has identified several issues that might warrant modifications to the currently applicable Federal test procedures, topics on which DOE is particularly interested in receiving comment. In overview, the issues outlined in this document mainly concern incorporation by reference of the most recent version of the relevant industry standard(s); efficiency metrics and calculations; clarification of test methods; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedures' accuracy. These topics (and others identified by commenters) are ones which may be addressed in proposed test procedure amendments in a subsequent notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). DOE welcomes written comments and data from the public on any subject related to the test procedures for this equipment, including topics not specifically raised in this RFI.
2017-07-25RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042; CorrectionThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017, that amended NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry...2017-15521"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15521.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15521/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017, that amended NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042. This action is necessary to correct the certificate expiration date.
2017-07-19RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2017; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule amending regulations that will become effective August 29, 2017. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 final fee rule, published June 30, 2017, amends the licensing, inspection, special project,...2017-14717"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-19/pdf/2017-14717.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/19/2017-14717/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2017-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule amending regulations that will become effective August 29, 2017. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 final fee rule, published June 30, 2017, amends the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to NRC applicants and licensees. This document corrects the annual fees for fuel facility licensees.
2017-07-18RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIncorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code CasesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference recent editions and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes for nuclear power plants and a standard for quality assurance....2017-14166"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-18/pdf/2017-14166.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/18/2017-14166/incorporation-by-reference-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-codes-and-code-casesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference recent editions and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes for nuclear power plants and a standard for quality assurance. The NRC is also incorporating by reference six ASME Code Cases. This action is in accordance with the NRC's policy to periodically update the regulations to incorporate by reference new editions and addenda of the ASME Codes and is intended to maintain the safety of nuclear power plants and to make NRC activities more effective and efficient.
2017-07-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThe Department of Energy (DOE) has postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017, that amends the test procedure and specific certification, compliance, and enforcement...2017-14473"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-13/pdf/2017-14473.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/13/2017-14473/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsThe Department of Energy (DOE) has postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017, that amends the test procedure and specific certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions for central air conditioners and heat pumps. Specifically, DOE postponed the effectiveness of two provisions of a recently issued rule that require outdoor unit models to be tested under the outdoor unit with no match if they meet either of the two following conditions: The outdoor unit is approved for use with a refrigerant that has a 95 [deg]F midpoint saturation absolute pressure that is +/- 18 percent of the 95 [deg]F saturation absolute pressure for HCFC-22; or the unit is shipped requiring the addition of more than two pounds of refrigerant to meet the charge required for testing under the rule and the factory charge is not equal to or greater than 70% of the outdoor unit internal volume times the liquid density of refrigerant at 95 [deg]F.
2017-07-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsOn January 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published a final rule establishing new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. The final rule established definitions, materials incorporated by reference, sampling plans,...2017-14472"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-11/pdf/2017-14472.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/11/2017-14472/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsOn January 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published a final rule establishing new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. The final rule established definitions, materials incorporated by reference, sampling plans, representations requirements, enforcement provisions and test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. Since that time, DOE has received correspondence, raising concerns that certain issues and information may not have been fully considered during the original rulemaking proceeding and also indicating further clarification may be needed to implement the rule as adopted. As a result, by this RFI, DOE is soliciting further data and information regarding the compressor test procedure and announcing that DOE will not seek to enforce the test procedure rule for 180 days (i.e., until December 30, 2017) while it considers the data and information already submitted and any further material submitted in response to this request for information.
2017-07-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Refrigeration SystemsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final...2017-14079"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-10/pdf/2017-14079.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/10/2017-14079/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-walk-in-cooler-and-freezerThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final rule details a series of energy conservation standards pertaining to certain discrete classes of refrigeration systems used in this equipment. These standards, which are consistent with recommendations presented by a working group that included refrigeration system manufacturers, installers, and energy efficiency advocates, have been determined to result in the significant conservation of energy and achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified.
2017-07-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: EnergySolutionsTMThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of...2017-14290"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-07/pdf/2017-14290.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/07/2017-14290/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-energysolutionstmThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1007. The renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 requires cask users to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for aging management program (AMP) elements, including a lead cask inspection program, for VSC-24 Storage Cask structures, systems, and components (SSCs) important to safety. Users must also conduct periodic ``tollgate'' assessments of new information on SSC aging effects and mechanisms to determine whether any element of an AMP addressing these effects and mechanisms requires revision to encompass the current state of knowledge. In addition, the renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 makes several other changes, described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of the companion direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register.
2017-07-07RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: EnergySolutionsTMThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of...2017-14292"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-07/pdf/2017-14292.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/07/2017-14292/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-energysolutionstmThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1007. The renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 requires cask users to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for aging management program (AMP) elements, including a lead cask inspection program, for VSC-24 Storage Cask structures, systems, and components (SSC) important to safety. Users must also conduct periodic ``tollgate'' assessments of new information on SSC aging effects and mechanisms to determine whether any element of an AMP addressing these effects and mechanisms requires revision to encompass the current state of knowledge. In addition, the renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 makes several other changes, described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2017-07-03RuleDEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARDDefense Nuclear Facilities Safety BoardFreedom of Information ActThe Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 requires each Federal agency to issue regulations implementing its statutory provisions. In this final rule, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board amends its regulations to comply with...2017-13863"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-03/pdf/2017-13863.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/03/2017-13863/freedom-of-information-actThe Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 requires each Federal agency to issue regulations implementing its statutory provisions. In this final rule, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board amends its regulations to comply with the statutory direction.
2017-06-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 as...2017-13520"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-30/pdf/2017-13520.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/30/2017-13520/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees.
2017-06-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Consumer Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and FreezersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. To inform...2017-13803"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-30/pdf/2017-13803.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/30/2017-13803/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-consumer-refrigerators-refrigerator-freezers-andThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern testing products with newly-available features, the inclusion of automatic icemaker energy use, built-in product test configuration, any issues with the current test procedure that need to be addressed, and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this request for information).
2017-06-28RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 3The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent...2017-13514"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13514.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13514/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032. Amendment No. 3 revises authorized contents to allow burnup credit for fuel types in the MPC-37 and revises CoC Condition 8, which has been previously incorporated in Amendment No. 2 to CoC No. 1032.
2017-06-28Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 3The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of...2017-13513"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13513.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13513/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032. Amendment No. 3 revises authorized contents to allow burnup credit for fuel types in the MPC-37 and revises CoC Condition 8, which has been previously incorporated in Amendment No. 2 to CoC No. 1032.
2017-06-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentHuman Reliability ProgramDOE proposes to amend its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear...2017-12810"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-22/pdf/2017-12810.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/22/2017-12810/human-reliability-programDOE proposes to amend its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear explosive devices, facilities and programs meet the highest standards of reliability and physical and mental suitability. The proposed revisions include some clarification of the procedures and burden of proof applicable in certification review hearings, the addition and modification of certain definitions, and a clear statement that a security concern can be reviewed pursuant to DOE regulations for determining eligibility for access to classified matter or special nuclear material and/or the HRP regulation. These proposed revisions are intended to provide better guidance to HRP-certified individuals and to ensure consistency in HRP decision making.
2017-06-20Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionDecoupling an Assumed Loss of Offsite Power From a Loss-of-Coolant AccidentThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity, ``Decoupling an Assumed Loss of Offsite Power from a Loss-of-Coolant Accident'' (the LOOP/LOCA rulemaking), and denying the associated petition for rulemaking (PRM),...2017-12792"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-20/pdf/2017-12792.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/20/2017-12792/decoupling-an-assumed-loss-of-offsite-power-from-a-loss-of-coolant-accidentThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity, ``Decoupling an Assumed Loss of Offsite Power from a Loss-of-Coolant Accident'' (the LOOP/LOCA rulemaking), and denying the associated petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-50-77. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public of the discontinuation of the rulemaking activity and the denial of the PRM, and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision regarding the rulemaking activity and PRM. The rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2017-06-06RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC or the applicant), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to...2017-11680"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-06/pdf/2017-11680.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/06/2017-11680/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC or the applicant), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 7 provides a new Passive MAGNASTOR[supreg] Transfer Cask (PMTC) and associated Technical Specification (TS) changes in Appendices A and B, and updates Section 4.3.1(i) in Appendix A of the TSs to include revised seismic requirements. Clarifying (non-technical) changes were also made to Appendices A and B.
2017-06-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include...2017-11682"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-06/pdf/2017-11682.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/06/2017-11682/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 7 provides a new Passive MAGNASTOR[supreg] Transfer Cask and associated Technical Specification (TS) changes in Appendices A and B, and updates Section 4.3.1(i) in Appendix A of the TSs to include revised seismic requirements. Clarifying (non-technical) changes were also made to Appendices A and B.
2017-05-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas, LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of June 7, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-11064"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-30/pdf/2017-11064.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/30/2017-11064/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of June 7, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to add the TN Americas, LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042.
2017-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsOn January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE has determined that the...2017-10869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/26/2017-10869/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-central-air-conditionersOn January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it. Therefore, DOE is providing notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards established in that direct final rule and announces the effective dates of those standards.
2017-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsOn January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for dedicated purpose pool pumps. DOE has determined that the comments received in...2017-10868"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10868.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/26/2017-10868/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsOn January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for dedicated purpose pool pumps. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it. Therefore, DOE is providing notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards established in that direct final rule and announces the effective date of those standards.
2017-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration ProductsOn October 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. DOE has determined that the comments received in...2017-10867"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10867.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/26/2017-10867/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-miscellaneous-refrigeration-productsOn October 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it. Therefore, DOE is providing notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards established in that direct final rule and announces the effective date of those standards.
2017-05-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThis document announces the completion of a review of the final rule amending energy conservation standards for ceiling fans, published on January 19, 2017, and confirms that compliance will remain as required with that January 19 final rule, without...2017-10633"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-24/pdf/2017-10633.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/24/2017-10633/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThis document announces the completion of a review of the final rule amending energy conservation standards for ceiling fans, published on January 19, 2017, and confirms that compliance will remain as required with that January 19 final rule, without change.
2017-05-09Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on the preliminary draft regulatory analysis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in...2017-09332"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-09/pdf/2017-09332.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/09/2017-09332/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on the preliminary draft regulatory analysis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending the regulations would be to provide for an efficient decommissioning process; reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations; address other decommissioning issues deemed relevant by the NRC; and support the principles of good regulation, including openness, clarity, and reliability. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting in spring 2017 to discuss the draft regulatory basis that was previously published in the Federal Register and the preliminary draft regulatory analysis to facilitate the development of public comments on those documents.
2017-04-13RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: AREVA Inc., Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Amendment No. 14, and Revision 1 of the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, and Amendment No. 13The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of April 25, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-07422"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-13/pdf/2017-07422.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/13/2017-07422/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-areva-inc-standardized-nuhoms-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of April 25, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 14 and Revision 1 to the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004 for the AREVA Inc., Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Cask System.
2017-04-13Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionEmergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New TechnologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs),...2017-07502"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-13/pdf/2017-07502.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/13/2017-07502/emergency-preparedness-for-small-modular-reactors-and-other-new-technologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs), such as non-light- water reactors (non-LWRs) and medical isotope production facilities. The new EP regulations would be consequence-oriented, performance- based, and technology inclusive to the extent possible, and continue to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety. The new EP regulations would be applicable to SMR and ONT facilities only. Large light-water reactors (LWRs), fuel cycle facilities, research and test reactors and other non-power, non- commercial, facilities are not in the scope of this rulemaking. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote full understanding of the rulemaking and facilitate public participation.
2017-03-30Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionNon-Power Production or Utilization Facility License RenewalThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern the license renewal process for non- power reactors, testing facilities, and other production or utilization facilities, licensed under the authority of...2017-06162"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-30/pdf/2017-06162.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/30/2017-06162/non-power-production-or-utilization-facility-license-renewalThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern the license renewal process for non- power reactors, testing facilities, and other production or utilization facilities, licensed under the authority of Section 103, Section 104a, or Section 104c of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), that are not nuclear power reactors. In this proposed rule, the NRC collectively refers to these facilities as non-power production or utilization facilities (NPUFs). The NRC is proposing to: Eliminate license terms for licenses issued under the authority of Sections 104a or 104c of the AEA, other than for testing facilities; define the license renewal process for licenses issued to testing facilities or under the authority of Section 103 of the AEA; require all NPUF licensees to submit final safety analysis report (FSAR) updates to the NRC every 5 years; and provide an accident dose criterion of 1 rem (0.01 Sievert (Sv)) total effective dose equivalent (TEDE) for NPUFs other than testing facilities. The proposed rule also includes other changes, as described in Section III, ``Discussion,'' of this document. The NRC is issuing concurrently draft Regulatory Guide (DG-2006), ``Preparation of Updated Final Safety Analysis Reports for Non-power Production or Utilization Facilities,'' for review and comment. The NRC anticipates the proposed rule and associated draft implementing guidance would result in reduced burden on both licensees and the NRC, and would create a more responsive and efficient regulatory framework that will continue to protect public health and safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. During the public comment period, the NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote a full understanding of the proposed rule and facilitate the public's ability to submit comments on the proposed rule.
2017-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps; CorrectionOn March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a document that temporarily further postponed the effective date of its test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. This document corrects a...2017-06202"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-29/pdf/2017-06202.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/29/2017-06202/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumps-correctionOn March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a document that temporarily further postponed the effective date of its test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. This document corrects a typographical error in that document.
2017-03-24Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System to the ``List of approved...2017-05897"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-24/pdf/2017-05897.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/24/2017-05897/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042. The NUHOMS[supreg] EOS System provides horizontal storage of high burnup spent pressurized water reactor and boiling water reactor fuel assemblies in dry shielded canisters.
2017-03-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, to the ``List of approved spent fuel...2017-05902"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-24/pdf/2017-05902.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/24/2017-05902/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042. The NUHOMS[supreg] EOS System provides horizontal storage of high burnup spent pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies in dry shielded canisters (DSCs).
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors.2017-05479"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05479.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05479/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of central air conditioners and heat pumps.2017-05481"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05481.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05481/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of central air conditioners and heat pumps.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThis document further delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.2017-05477"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05477.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05477/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThis document further delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Standards for the Design and Construction of New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards UpdateThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the baseline Federal building standards.2017-05485"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05485.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05485/energy-efficiency-standards-for-the-design-and-construction-of-new-federal-low-rise-residentialThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the baseline Federal building standards.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in FreezersThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.2017-05483"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05483.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05483/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-walk-in-coolers-and-walk-in-freezersThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.
2017-03-15Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comments on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations...2017-05141"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-15/pdf/2017-05141.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/15/2017-05141/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comments on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations would be to provide for an efficient decommissioning process; reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations; address other decommissioning issues deemed relevant by the NRC staff; and support the principles of good regulation, including openness, clarity, and reliability. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the draft regulatory basis and facilitate public comment.
2017-02-21Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionUninterruptible Monitoring of Coolant and Fuel in Reactors and Spent Fuel PoolsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated September 10, 2015, submitted by Dr. Alexander DeVolpi (the petitioner). The petition was docketed by the NRC on September 21, 2015, and was assigned Docket...2017-03284"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03284.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/21/2017-03284/uninterruptible-monitoring-of-coolant-and-fuel-in-reactors-and-spent-fuel-poolsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated September 10, 2015, submitted by Dr. Alexander DeVolpi (the petitioner). The petition was docketed by the NRC on September 21, 2015, and was assigned Docket No. PRM-50-113. The petitioner requested that the NRC amend its regulations to require ``installation of ex-vessel instrumentation for uninterruptible monitoring of coolant and fuel in reactors and spent-fuel pools.'' The NRC is denying the petition because the Commission finds that the issues raised by the petitioner have been addressed by actions taken by the NRC in response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident.
2017-02-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionAccess Authorization and Fitness-For-Duty DeterminationsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss a rulemaking activity regarding the role of third parties in access authorization and fitness-for-duty determinations. The purpose of the meeting is to provide...2017-02515"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-07/pdf/2017-02515.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/07/2017-02515/access-authorization-and-fitness-for-duty-determinationsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss a rulemaking activity regarding the role of third parties in access authorization and fitness-for-duty determinations. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the background and status of this rulemaking activity and to obtain input from interested stakeholders.
2017-02-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Standards for the Design and Construction of New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards UpdateThis document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule updating the baseline Federal residential standard to the International Code Council (ICC) 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).2017-02403"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/pdf/2017-02403.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/06/2017-02403/energy-efficiency-standards-for-the-design-and-construction-of-new-federal-low-rise-residentialThis document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule updating the baseline Federal residential standard to the International Code Council (ICC) 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
2017-02-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsThis document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors.2017-02134"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02134.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/02/2017-02134/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsThis document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors.
2017-02-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThis document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps.2017-02136"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02136.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/02/2017-02136/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsThis document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
2017-01-31RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1040, Amendment No. 2The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of January 9, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-01178"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-31/pdf/2017-01178.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/31/2017-01178/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-umax-canister-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of January 9, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1040 for the Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System.
2017-01-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in FreezersThis document delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.2017-01956"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-31/pdf/2017-01956.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/31/2017-01956/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-walk-in-coolers-and-walk-in-freezersThis document delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.
2017-01-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThis document delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.2017-01958"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-31/pdf/2017-01958.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/31/2017-01958/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThis document delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.
2017-01-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedural Rules for DOE Nuclear ActivitiesThis document stays DOE regulations for the assessment of civil penalties against certain contractors and subcontractors for violations of the prohibition against an employee who reports violations of law, mismanagement, waste, abuse or...2017-01959"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-31/pdf/2017-01959.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/31/2017-01959/procedural-rules-for-doe-nuclear-activitiesThis document stays DOE regulations for the assessment of civil penalties against certain contractors and subcontractors for violations of the prohibition against an employee who reports violations of law, mismanagement, waste, abuse or dangerous/unsafe workplace conditions, among other protected activities, concerning nuclear safety.
2017-01-30Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget...2017-01886"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-30/pdf/2017-01886.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/30/2017-01886/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees. The NRC is issuing the fiscal year (FY) 2017 proposed fee rule based on the NRC's Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ): FY 2017 (NUREG 1100, Volume 32), as adjusted to reflect re-baselining reductions approved by the Commission per the staff requirements memorandum for SECY-16-0009, ``Recommendations Resulting from the Integrated Prioritization and Re- baselining of Agency Activities,'' dated April 13, 2016, in the amount of $952.1 million, a decrease of $50.0 million from FY 2016.
2017-01-25RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: AREVA Inc., Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Amendment No. 14, and Revision 1 of the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, and Amendment No. 13The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the AREVA Inc. (AREVA), Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to add Amendment...2016-31990"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-25/pdf/2016-31990.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/25/2016-31990/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-areva-inc-standardized-nuhoms-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the AREVA Inc. (AREVA), Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to add Amendment No. 14, and Revision 1 to the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. Amendment No. 14 will revise multiple items in the technical specifications (TSs) for dry shielded canister (DSC) models listed under CoC No. 1004; most of these revisions involve changes to the authorized contents. The revisions to the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13 will remove language in the TSs that requires a transfer cask (TC) containing a DSC to be returned to the spent fuel pool following a drop of over 15 inches.
2017-01-25Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: AREVA Inc., Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Amendment No. 14, and Revision 1 of the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the AREVA Inc. (AREVA), Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to add...2016-31987"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-25/pdf/2016-31987.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/25/2016-31987/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-areva-inc-standardized-nuhoms-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the AREVA Inc. (AREVA), Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to add Amendment No. 14, and Revision 1 to the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. Amendment No. 14 proposes to revise multiple items in the technical specifications (TSs) for dry shielded canister (DSC) models listed under CoC No. 1004; most of these revisions involve changes to the authorized contents. The revisions to the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13 will remove language in the TSs that requires a transfer cask containing a DSC to be returned to the spent fuel pool following a drop of over 15 inches.
2017-01-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionAdjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for FY 2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum civil monetary penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2017-01313"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-24/pdf/2017-01313.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/24/2017-01313/adjustment-of-civil-penalties-for-inflation-for-fy-2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum civil monetary penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (FCPIAA), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Improvements Act). The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $280,469 to $285,057 per violation, per day. Additionally, the NRC is amending provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $10,781 to $10,957 for each false claim or statement.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule...2017-01058"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-01058.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-01058/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service LampsOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing standards for general service lamps (GSLs) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. In this final...2016-32012"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2016-32012.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2016-32012/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-lampsOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing standards for general service lamps (GSLs) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. In this final rule DOE responds to comments received on the October 2016 NOPDDA regarding IRLs and amends the definition of GSL.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service LampsOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing standards for general service lamps (GSLs) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. DOE responds to...2016-32013"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2016-32013.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2016-32013/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-lampsOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing standards for general service lamps (GSLs) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. DOE responds to comments received on the NOPDDA in this final rule and adopts a revised definition of GSL and other supplemental definitions.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ceiling fans. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of...2017-00474"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-00474.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-00474/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ceiling fans. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE amends the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. It has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2017-01-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III establishes the ``Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment.'' The...2016-31665"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2016-31665.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2016-31665/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III establishes the ``Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment.'' The covered equipment includes pumps. In this document, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in the Federal Register. If DOE receives an adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, DOE will publish a notice withdrawing the direct final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule.
2017-01-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III establishes the ``Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment.'' The...2016-31666"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2016-31666.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2016-31666/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III establishes the ``Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment.'' The covered equipment includes pumps. In this direct final rule, DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps. It has determined that the energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2017-01-18Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Issue Summary Regarding Certificate of Compliance Corrections and RevisionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on draft regulatory issue summary (RIS) 2016-xx, ``Administration of 10 CFR part 72 Certificate of Compliance Corrections and Revisions.'' The NRC is issuing this RIS to inform...2016-31986"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2016-31986.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2016-31986/regulatory-issue-summary-regarding-certificate-of-compliance-corrections-and-revisionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on draft regulatory issue summary (RIS) 2016-xx, ``Administration of 10 CFR part 72 Certificate of Compliance Corrections and Revisions.'' The NRC is issuing this RIS to inform addressees of the processes to revise an initial certificate of compliance (CoC) and subsequent amendments (hereafter referred to as CoCs, whether initial CoCs or subsequent amendments) to make administrative corrections and technical changes using the existing regulatory framework.
2017-01-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Standards for the Design and Construction of New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards UpdateThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to implement provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction...2017-00025"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-10/pdf/2017-00025.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/10/2017-00025/energy-efficiency-standards-for-the-design-and-construction-of-new-federal-low-rise-residentialThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to implement provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new Federal low-rise residential buildings. This rule updates the baseline Federal residential standard to the International Code Council (ICC) 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
2017-01-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products, including consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy...2016-29990"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-06/pdf/2016-29990.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/06/2016-29990/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-consumer-central-air-conditioners-andThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products, including consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this proposed rule, DOE proposes to amend the energy conservation standards for consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in this Federal Register. If DOE receives an adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, DOE will publish a notice withdrawing the direct final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule.
2017-01-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential central air conditioners and heat pumps....2016-29992"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-06/pdf/2016-29992.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/06/2016-29992/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-central-air-conditionersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this direct final rule, DOE adopts amended energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.
2017-01-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsOn August 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the test procedure for central air conditioners and heat pumps. That SNOPR serves as the basis for this final rule. This...2016-30004"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-30004.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/05/2016-30004/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsOn August 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the test procedure for central air conditioners and heat pumps. That SNOPR serves as the basis for this final rule. This final rule amends the test procedure and specific certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions related to this product. In this final rule, DOE makes two sets of amendments to the test procedure: Amendments to appendix M that would be required as the basis for making efficiency representations starting 180 days after final rule publication and a new appendix M1 that would be the basis for making efficiency representations as of the compliance date for any amended energy conservation standards. The new appendix M1 establishes new efficiency metrics SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2 that are based on the current efficiency metrics for cooling and heating performance, but generally have different numerical values than the current metrics. Broadly speaking, the amendments address off-mode test procedures, test set-up and fan delays, external static pressure conditions for testing, represented values for CAC/HP that are distributed in commerce with multiple refrigerants, the methodology for testing and calculating heating performance, and testing of variable-speed systems.
2017-01-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsOn May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. This final rule...2016-29427"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-04/pdf/2016-29427.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/04/2016-29427/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsOn May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. This final rule establishes definitions, materials incorporated by reference, sampling plans, representations requirements, enforcement provisions, and test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. Specifically, this final rule establishes full-load package isentropic efficiency as the applicable energy metric for certain fixed-speed compressors and part- load package isentropic efficiency as the applicable energy metric for certain variable-speed compressors. Finally, this final rule incorporates by reference certain sections of the ISO Standard 1217:2009(E), (ISO 1217:2009(E)), ``Displacement compressors-- Acceptance tests,'' as amended through Amendment 1:2016, as the basis for a test method for determining compressor efficiency. ISO 1217:2009(E) includes a test method for measuring compressor inlet and discharge pressures, actual volume flow rate, electrical input power, package isentropic efficiency, and other compressor performance metrics. This final rule also adopts certain modifications and additions to ISO 1217:2009(E) to increase the specificity of certain testing methods established in ISO 1217:2009(E) and improve the repeatability of tested and measured values.
2016-12-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil...2016-31035"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-30/pdf/2016-31035.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/30/2016-31035/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.
2016-12-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionUpdate To Incorporate FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 RequirementsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to reflect changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 requires the NRC to amend its FOIA regulations to update procedures for requesting...2016-31595"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-30/pdf/2016-31595.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/30/2016-31595/update-to-incorporate-foia-improvement-act-of-2016-requirementsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to reflect changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 requires the NRC to amend its FOIA regulations to update procedures for requesting information from the NRC and procedures that the NRC must follow in responding to FOIA requests.
2016-12-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIncrease in the Maximum Amount of Primary Nuclear Liability InsuranceThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to increase the required amount \1\ of primary nuclear liability insurance from $375 million to $450 million for each nuclear reactor that is licensed to operate, is designed for...2016-31368"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-30/pdf/2016-31368.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/30/2016-31368/increase-in-the-maximum-amount-of-primary-nuclear-liability-insuranceThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to increase the required amount \1\ of primary nuclear liability insurance from $375 million to $450 million for each nuclear reactor that is licensed to operate, is designed for the production of electrical energy, and has a rated capacity of 100,000 electrical kilowatts or more. This change conforms to the provision in the Price- Anderson Amendments Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-408) (Price-Anderson Act) that the amount of primary financial protection required of licensees by the NRC shall be the maximum amount available at reasonable cost and on reasonable terms from private sources. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2016-12-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Consumer and Commercial Water HeatersThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in this final rule, establishes mathematical conversion factors to translate the current energy conservation standards and the measured values determined under the energy factor, thermal efficiency, and standby loss...2016-29994"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-29/pdf/2016-29994.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/29/2016-29994/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-and-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in this final rule, establishes mathematical conversion factors to translate the current energy conservation standards and the measured values determined under the energy factor, thermal efficiency, and standby loss test procedures for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters to those determined under the more recently adopted uniform energy factor test procedure. As required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, DOE initially presented proposals for establishing a mathematical conversion factor in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) published on April 14, 2015 (April 2015 NOPR). Upon further analysis and review of the public comments received in response to the April 2015 NOPR, DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on August 30, 2016 (August 2016 SNOPR). These proposed rulemakings serve as the basis for the final rule.
2016-12-28RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRulemaking Activities Being Discontinued by the NRCThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activities associated with potential changes to its radiation protection and reactor effluents regulations. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public that...2016-31372"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-28/pdf/2016-31372.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/28/2016-31372/rulemaking-activities-being-discontinued-by-the-nrcThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activities associated with potential changes to its radiation protection and reactor effluents regulations. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public that these rulemaking activities are being discontinued and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision to discontinue them. These rulemaking activities will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2016-12-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in FreezersThis final rule amends the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components by improving the procedure's clarity, updating related certification and enforcement provisions to address the performance-based energy conservation standards...2016-29708"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-28/pdf/2016-29708.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/28/2016-29708/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-walk-in-coolers-and-walk-in-freezersThis final rule amends the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components by improving the procedure's clarity, updating related certification and enforcement provisions to address the performance-based energy conservation standards for walk-in cooler and freezer equipment, and establishing labeling requirements to aid manufacturers in determining compliance with the relevant standards for walk-in cooler and freezer applications. The amendments consist of provisions specific to certain walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration systems, including product-specific definitions, removal of a performance credit for hot gas defrost, and a method to accommodate refrigeration equipment that use adaptive defrost and on-cycle variable-speed evaporator fan control.
2016-12-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedural Rules for DOE Nuclear ActivitiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) is adopting a final rule to clarify that the Department may assess civil penalties against certain contractors and subcontractors for violations of the prohibition against retaliating against an employee who reports...2016-31150"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-27/pdf/2016-31150.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/27/2016-31150/procedural-rules-for-doe-nuclear-activitiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) is adopting a final rule to clarify that the Department may assess civil penalties against certain contractors and subcontractors for violations of the prohibition against retaliating against an employee who reports violations of law, mismanagement, waste, abuse, or dangerous/unsafe workplace conditions, among other protected activities, concerning nuclear safety (referred to as ``whistleblowers''). Specifically, this rule clarifies the definition of ``DOE Nuclear Safety Requirements'' and clarifies that the prohibition against whistleblower retaliation is a DOE Nuclear Safety Requirement to the extent that it concerns nuclear safety. This final rule is based on an earlier proposal the Department published on August 12, 2016.
2016-12-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentRevision of the Department of Energy's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) RegulationsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues a final rule amending its regulations that prescribe the procedures by which the public may request records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from DOE offices, excluding the Federal Energy...2016-31337"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-27/pdf/2016-31337.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/27/2016-31337/revision-of-the-department-of-energys-freedom-of-information-act-foia-regulationsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues a final rule amending its regulations that prescribe the procedures by which the public may request records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from DOE offices, excluding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This final rule makes changes to DOE's regulations to reflect statutory amendments made to the FOIA by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and to make minor grammatical and other editorial changes throughout the regulations. The editorial changes clarify various defined terms, update the internal procedures for processing records requested under FOIA, and reflect minor changes to DOE's internal organizational structure.
2016-12-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating Equipment: Availability of Updated Analysis ResultsIn this NODA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presents its updated analysis used to convert the potential energy conservation standard levels the Department has considered for residential-duty commercial gas-fired storage water heaters from thermal...2016-30300"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/pdf/2016-30300.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/23/2016-30300/energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-water-heating-equipment-availability-of-updatedIn this NODA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presents its updated analysis used to convert the potential energy conservation standard levels the Department has considered for residential-duty commercial gas-fired storage water heaters from thermal efficiency and standby loss metrics to the uniform energy factor (UEF) metric, as required by a recent change in law. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for energy conservation standards for commercial water heating equipment published on May 30, 2016 (``May 2016 CWH ECS NOPR''), DOE analyzed these potential standard levels for residential-duty commercial gas-fired storage waters in terms of thermal efficiency and standby loss, and converted the levels to UEF using conversion factors that were proposed in a separate NOPR published on April 15, 2015 (``April 2015 conversion factor NOPR''). However, DOE subsequently published a supplemental NOPR (``August 2016 conversion factor SNOPR'') in the conversion factor rulemaking in response to new data on August 30, 2016, and recently issued a conversion factor final rule (``December 6, 2016 conversion factor final rule'') based upon the August 2016 conversion factor SNOPR, which finalized updated conversion factor equations. (See Docket EERE-2015-BT-TP-0007). This NODA presents the thermal efficiency and standby loss levels analyzed in the May 2016 CWH ECS NOPR for residential-duty gas-fired storage water heaters in terms of UEF, using the recently updated conversion factors adopted in the December 6, 2016 conversion factor final rule.
2016-12-23Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionGuidance for Implementation of 10 CFR 50.59, `Changes, Tests, and Experiments’The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1334, ``Guidance for Implementation of 10 CFR 50.59, `Changes, Tests, and Experiments.' '' This draft regulatory guide provides licensees and...2016-30921"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/pdf/2016-30921.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/23/2016-30921/guidance-for-implementation-of-10-cfr-5059-changes-tests-and-experimentsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1334, ``Guidance for Implementation of 10 CFR 50.59, `Changes, Tests, and Experiments.' '' This draft regulatory guide provides licensees and applicants with a method that the staff of the NRC considers acceptable for use in complying with the Commission's regulations on the process by which licensees may make changes to their facilities and procedures, as described in the safety analysis report, without prior NRC approval, under certain conditions.
2016-12-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Program for Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Availability of Provisional Analysis Tools and Notice of Data AvailabilityOn November 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of data availability (NODA) pertaining to the provisional analysis of energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. The...2016-30299"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-16/pdf/2016-30299.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/16/2016-30299/energy-efficiency-program-for-commercial-and-industrial-equipment-availability-of-provisionalOn November 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of data availability (NODA) pertaining to the provisional analysis of energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by December 1, 2016. This document announces a reopening of the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the NODA. The comment period is reopened until January 6, 2017.
2016-12-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking ProductsOn August 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the test procedure for conventional cooking products. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for this final rule. Specifically,...2016-29077"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-16/pdf/2016-29077.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/16/2016-29077/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-productsOn August 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the test procedure for conventional cooking products. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for this final rule. Specifically, this final rule amends DOE's test procedure for conventional electric cooking tops to incorporate by reference the relevant sections from European standard EN 60350-2:2013 ``Household electric cooking appliances Part 2: Hobs-- Methods for measuring performance'' (EN 60350-2:2013). This final rule also includes methods for testing non-circular electric surface units, electric surface units with flexible concentric cooking zones, and full-surface induction cooking tops based on EN 60350-2:2013. In addition, DOE extends the test methods in EN 60350-2:2013 to measure the energy consumption of gas cooking tops by correlating test equipment diameter to burner input rate, including input rates that exceed 14,000 British thermal units per hour. This final rule also includes methods to calculate annual energy consumption and integrated annual energy consumption for conventional cooking tops based on the water-heating test method and provides updates to the sampling plan requirements. The final rule includes minor technical clarifications to the gas heating value correction and other grammatical changes to the regulatory text in the cooking products test procedure that do not alter the substance of the existing test methods. This final rule also repeals the regulatory provisions establishing the test procedure for conventional ovens under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. DOE has determined that the conventional oven test procedure does not accurately represent consumer use as it favors conventional ovens with low thermal mass and does not capture cooking performance-related benefits due to increased thermal mass of the oven cavity.
2016-12-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentLoan Guarantees for Projects That Employ Innovative TechnologiesThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) publishes a final rule to amend the existing regulations for the loan guarantee program authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). Section 1703 of Title XVII...2016-30006"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-15/pdf/2016-30006.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/15/2016-30006/loan-guarantees-for-projects-that-employ-innovative-technologiesThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) publishes a final rule to amend the existing regulations for the loan guarantee program authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). Section 1703 of Title XVII (section 1703) authorizes the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) to make loan guarantees for projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Such projects must also employ new or significantly improved technologies as compared to commercial technologies in service in the United States at the time the guarantee is issued. The two principal goals of section 1703 are to encourage commercial use in the United States of new or significantly improved energy-related technologies and to achieve substantial environmental benefits. Section 1703 also identifies ten categories of technologies and projects that are potentially eligible for loan guarantees. Commercial use of these technologies is expected to help sustain and promote economic growth, produce a more stable and secure energy supply and economy for the United States, and improve the environment. As a result of experience gained implementing the loan guarantee program authorized by section 1703, and information received from program participants, including applicants, borrowers, sponsors, and lenders, as well as various energy industry groups, DOE finalizes amendments to the existing regulations to provide increased clarity and transparency, reduce paperwork, and provide a more workable interpretation of certain statutory provisions in light of DOE's experience with operation of the Title XVII program.
2016-12-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential DishwashersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA or the Act), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential dishwashers. EPCA also requires...2016-29328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-13/pdf/2016-29328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/13/2016-29328/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-dishwashersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA or the Act), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential dishwashers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more- stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE has determined that more stringent residential dishwasher standards would not be economically justified, and, thus, does not amend its energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers. DOE also eliminates an obsolete dishwasher test procedure that is no longer used to demonstrate compliance with the existing energy conservation standards.
2016-12-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Uninterruptible Power SuppliesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is revising its battery charger test procedure established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. These revisions will add a discrete test procedure for uninterruptible power supplies...2016-28972"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-12/pdf/2016-28972.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/12/2016-28972/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-uninterruptible-power-suppliesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is revising its battery charger test procedure established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. These revisions will add a discrete test procedure for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) to the current battery charger test procedure.
2016-12-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Commercial Packaged BoilersOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend the test procedure for commercial packaged boilers. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. DOE incorporates by...2016-29081"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-09/pdf/2016-29081.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/09/2016-29081/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-commercial-packaged-boilersOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend the test procedure for commercial packaged boilers. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. DOE incorporates by reference certain sections of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Air- Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1500, ``2015 Standard for Performance Rating of Commercial Space Heating Boilers.'' In addition, this final rule incorporates amendments that clarify the coverage for field-constructed commercial packaged boilers and the applicability of DOE's test procedure and standards for this category of commercial packaged boilers, provide an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, provide a conversion method to calculate thermal efficiency based on combustion efficiency testing for steam commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, modify the inlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers, establish limits on the ambient temperature during testing, and standardize terminology and provisions for ``rated input'' and ``fuel input rate.'' DOE originally published this final rule in the Federal Register on November 10, 2016, however that document contained errors and is being withdrawn on December 7, 2016. This is a republication of the final rule that replaces the version published on November 10, 2016 in its entirety.
2016-12-09Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionPower Reactors in Extended ShutdownsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated September 1, 2016, from David Lochbaum on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and two co- petitioners (the petitioners). The petitioners request...2016-29484"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-09/pdf/2016-29484.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/09/2016-29484/power-reactors-in-extended-shutdownsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated September 1, 2016, from David Lochbaum on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and two co- petitioners (the petitioners). The petitioners request that the NRC ``promulgate regulations applicable to nuclear power reactors with operating licenses issued by the NRC but in an extended outage.'' The PRM was docketed by the NRC on September 14, 2016, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-50-114. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-50-114 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on the petition.
2016-12-08RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionPlant-Specific Applicability of Transition Break Size Specified in 10 CFR 50.46aThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the discontinuation of further regulatory action on Draft Regulatory Guide (DG) DG-1216, ``Plant-Specific Applicability of Transition Break Size Specified in 10 CFR 50.46a,'' and its...2016-29390"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-08/pdf/2016-29390.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/08/2016-29390/plant-specific-applicability-of-transition-break-size-specified-in-10-cfr-5046aThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the discontinuation of further regulatory action on Draft Regulatory Guide (DG) DG-1216, ``Plant-Specific Applicability of Transition Break Size Specified in 10 CFR 50.46a,'' and its withdrawal. Draft Regulatory Guide DG-1216 was a proposed new regulatory guide written to provide implementing guidance for a proposed rule ``Risk-Informed Changes to Loss-of-Coolant Accident Technical Requirements,'' (Emergency core cooling system (ECCS) rulemaking)) that provided a voluntary, alternate approach for evaluating the performance of an ECCS. The NRC is discontinuing further regulatory action on the DG and not publishing the DG in final form because the NRC has discontinued the underlying rulemaking.
2016-12-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Commercial Packaged Boilers; WithdrawalThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is withdrawing its final rule to amend its test procedure for commercial packaged boilers which published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The final rule published on November 10, 2016...2016-29078"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-07/pdf/2016-29078.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-29078/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-commercial-packaged-boilers-withdrawalThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is withdrawing its final rule to amend its test procedure for commercial packaged boilers which published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The final rule published on November 10, 2016 contained errors. Therefore, DOE is withdrawing the final rule in its entirety and will republish the final rule amending its test procedure for commercial packaged boilers.
2016-12-07RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 6The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of December 21, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2016-29275"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-07/pdf/2016-29275.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-29275/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of December 21, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 6 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031 for the NAC International, MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System.
2016-12-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentGrid Security Emergency Orders: Procedures for IssuanceThe U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to issue procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order following the President's declaration of a Grid Security Emergency, under the Federal Power Act, as amended....2016-28974"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-07/pdf/2016-28974.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-28974/grid-security-emergency-orders-procedures-for-issuanceThe U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to issue procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order following the President's declaration of a Grid Security Emergency, under the Federal Power Act, as amended. The proposed procedures, if adopted, are intended to ensure the expeditious issuance of emergency orders under the Federal Power Act.
2016-12-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential FurnacesOn September 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) and announcement of public meeting pertaining to proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces in the Federal...2016-29080"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-05/pdf/2016-29080.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/05/2016-29080/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-furnacesOn September 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) and announcement of public meeting pertaining to proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces in the Federal Register. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by November 22, 2016. This document announces a reopening of the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the SNOPR or any other aspect of the rulemaking for residential furnaces. The comment period is reopened until January 6, 2017.
2016-12-02RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMiscellaneous CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. The amendments include correcting a senior NRC management position title; correcting terminology for consistency in NRC regulations; and...2016-28684"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-02/pdf/2016-28684.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-28684/miscellaneous-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. The amendments include correcting a senior NRC management position title; correcting terminology for consistency in NRC regulations; and correcting contact information, references, typographical errors, and misspellings. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive amendments to the NRC's regulations.
2016-11-21Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevisions to Transportation Safety Requirements and Compatibility With International Atomic Energy Agency Transportation StandardsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a potential amendment to its regulations that would revise the regulations on packaging and transporting radioactive material. The NRC is gathering information about potential changes that may...2016-27944"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-21/pdf/2016-27944.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/21/2016-27944/revisions-to-transportation-safety-requirements-and-compatibility-with-international-atomic-energyThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a potential amendment to its regulations that would revise the regulations on packaging and transporting radioactive material. The NRC is gathering information about potential changes that may be proposed in a subsequent rulemaking activity. The NRC is requesting public comment on the issues paper about potential changes that is referenced in this document. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote full understanding of the issues paper and to facilitate public comment.
2016-11-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentOccupational Radiation ProtectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulations. The proposed amendment to appendix C would correct the derived air concentration value for any...2016-27510"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-18/pdf/2016-27510.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/18/2016-27510/occupational-radiation-protectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulations. The proposed amendment to appendix C would correct the derived air concentration value for any single radionuclide not listed in the appendix C table with a decay mode other than alpha emission or spontaneous fission and with radioactive half-life less than two hours, adjusted for an 8-hr work day. The proposed amendments to appendix E would correct the activity information of two radionuclides, Rh-102 and Rh-102m.
2016-11-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSafeguarding of Restricted Data by Access PermitteesThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to revise its regulations governing the standards for safeguarding Restricted Data by access permittees. The existing version of this regulation was promulgated in 1983, which transferred the...2016-27414"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-16/pdf/2016-27414.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/16/2016-27414/safeguarding-of-restricted-data-by-access-permitteesThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to revise its regulations governing the standards for safeguarding Restricted Data by access permittees. The existing version of this regulation was promulgated in 1983, which transferred the regulation (originally promulgated in 1976). Since 1983, changes in organizations, terminology, and DOE and national policies render portions of the existing regulation outdated. The proposed revisions would update existing requirements.
2016-11-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Final Determination of Compressors as Covered EquipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is classifying certain varieties of compressors as covered equipment under Part A-1 of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. Accordingly, this document establishes the definition of...2016-26693"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-15/pdf/2016-26693.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/15/2016-26693/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-and-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is classifying certain varieties of compressors as covered equipment under Part A-1 of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. Accordingly, this document establishes the definition of equipment that are considered compressors.
2016-11-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings for the Circulator Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards and Test ProceduresThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Circulator Pumps Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.2016-27358"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-15/pdf/2016-27358.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/15/2016-27358/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meetings-for-theThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Circulator Pumps Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
2016-11-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Commercial Packaged BoilersOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend the test procedure for commercial packaged boilers. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. DOE incorporates by...2016-26201"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-10/pdf/2016-26201.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/10/2016-26201/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-commercial-packaged-boilersOn March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend the test procedure for commercial packaged boilers. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. DOE incorporates by reference certain sections of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Air- Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1500, ``2015 Standard for Performance Rating of Commercial Space Heating Boilers.'' In addition, this final rule incorporates amendments that clarify the coverage for field-constructed commercial packaged boilers and the applicability of DOE's test procedure and standards for this category of commercial packaged boilers, provide an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with fuel input rate greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, provide a conversion method to calculate thermal efficiency based on combustion efficiency testing for steam commercial packaged boilers with fuel input rate greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, modify the inlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers, establish limits on the ambient temperature during testing, modify setup and instrumentation requirements to remove ambiguity, and standardize terminology and provisions for ``rated input'' and ``fuel input rate.''
2016-11-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedure for Commercial Water Heating EquipmentOn May 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend its test procedures for commercial water heaters, unfired hot water storage tanks, and hot water supply boilers (henceforth, ``commercial...2016-26211"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-10/pdf/2016-26211.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/10/2016-26211/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipment-test-procedure-forOn May 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend its test procedures for commercial water heaters, unfired hot water storage tanks, and hot water supply boilers (henceforth, ``commercial water heating (CWH) equipment''). That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for this final rule. Specifically, this final rule incorporates by reference the most recent versions of relevant industry standards; modifies the existing test methods for certain classes of CWH equipment; establishes new test procedures for determining the efficiency of commercial heat pump water heaters and standby loss for instantaneous water heaters and hot water supply boilers; clarifies test set-up and settings for various classes of CWH equipment; revises the certification requirements for CWH equipment; and establishes associated definitions.
2016-11-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Manufactured HousingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a proposed rule to establish test procedures for manufactured housing (MH). This test procedure would support standards DOE is directed to establish by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007....2016-26008"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-09/pdf/2016-26008.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/09/2016-26008/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-manufactured-housingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a proposed rule to establish test procedures for manufactured housing (MH). This test procedure would support standards DOE is directed to establish by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. DOE proposes to establish test procedures applicable to manufactured homes for determining compliance with the following metrics that were included in a June 17, 2016, notice of proposed rulemaking: The R-value of insulation; the U-factor of windows, skylights, and doors; the solar heat gain coefficient of fenestration; U-factor alternatives to R-value requirements; the air leakage rate of air distribution systems; and mechanical ventilation fan efficacy. DOE will accept comments regarding this proposed rule.
2016-11-09Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIndividual Monitoring Devices for Industrial Radiographic PersonnelThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated July 14, 2016, from Dr. Arny Bereson of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA) and Mr. Walt Cofer of the American Society for...2016-27046"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-09/pdf/2016-27046.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/09/2016-27046/individual-monitoring-devices-for-industrial-radiographic-personnelThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated July 14, 2016, from Dr. Arny Bereson of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA) and Mr. Walt Cofer of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). The petitioners request that the NRC amend its regulations to authorize use of improved individual monitoring devices for industrial radiographic personnel. The PRM was docketed by the NRC on August 12, 2016, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-34-7. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-34-7 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking.
2016-11-07RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Amendment No. 2The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of November 7, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2016-26775"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-07/pdf/2016-26775.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/07/2016-26775/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of November 7, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System.
2016-11-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRole of Third Parties in Access Authorization and Fitness-for-Duty DeterminationsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss a rulemaking activity regarding the role of third parties in access authorization and fitness-for-duty determinations. The purpose of the meeting is to provide...2016-26825"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-07/pdf/2016-26825.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/07/2016-26825/role-of-third-parties-in-access-authorization-and-fitness-for-duty-determinationsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss a rulemaking activity regarding the role of third parties in access authorization and fitness-for-duty determinations. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the background and status of this rulemaking activity and to obtain input from interested stakeholders.
2016-11-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Integrated Light-Emitting Diode LampsOn July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting a test procedure for integrated light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as ``LED lamps'') to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the...2016-26681"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-04/pdf/2016-26681.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/04/2016-26681/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-integrated-light-emitting-diode-lampsOn July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting a test procedure for integrated light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as ``LED lamps'') to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the ongoing general service lamps rulemaking, which includes LED lamps. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposes to amend the LED lamps test procedure by allowing for time to failure measurements to be taken at elevated temperatures.
2016-11-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Standards for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers: Availability of Provisional Analysis ToolsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a provisional analysis that estimates the potential economic impacts and energy savings that could result from promulgating a regulatory energy conservation standard for commercial and industrial fans...2016-26341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-01/pdf/2016-26341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/01/2016-26341/energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-and-industrial-fans-and-blowers-availability-ofThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a provisional analysis that estimates the potential economic impacts and energy savings that could result from promulgating a regulatory energy conservation standard for commercial and industrial fans and blowers (``fans''). At this time, DOE is not proposing any energy conservation standard for fans. However, it is publishing this analysis so stakeholders can review the analysis results and the underlining assumptions and calculations that might ultimately support a proposed standard. DOE encourages stakeholders to provide any additional data or information that may improve the analysis. The analysis is now publically available at http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2013- BT-STD-0006.
2016-10-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products2016-24759"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-28/pdf/2016-24759.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/28/2016-24759/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-miscellaneous-refrigeration-products
2016-10-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration ProductsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles. Based on provisions in EPCA that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional...2016-24758"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-28/pdf/2016-24758.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/28/2016-24758/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-miscellaneous-refrigeration-productsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles. Based on provisions in EPCA that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') classified miscellaneous refrigeration products (``MREFs'') as covered consumer products under EPCA. In determining whether to set standards for products, DOE must evaluate whether new standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this proposed rule, DOE proposes new energy conservation standards for MREFs identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in this Federal Register. If DOE receives adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawal, DOE will publish a notice withdrawing the final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule.
2016-10-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: Availability of Provisional Analysis ResultsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a provisional analysis to translate the residential central air conditioner and heat pump energy conservation standard levels recommended by the CAC/HP ECS Working Group--expressed in terms of the test...2016-26007"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-27/pdf/2016-26007.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/27/2016-26007/energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumps-availabilityThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a provisional analysis to translate the residential central air conditioner and heat pump energy conservation standard levels recommended by the CAC/HP ECS Working Group--expressed in terms of the test procedure at the time of the Working Group negotiations--into levels consistent with the DOE test procedure proposed in the August 2016 test procedure SNOPR. At this time, DOE is not proposing any energy conservation standard for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. However, it is publishing these analysis results and the underlining assumptions and calculations that might ultimately support a proposed standard. DOE encourages stakeholders to provide any additional data or information that may improve the analysis.
2016-10-25RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1040, Amendment No. 2The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI- STORM Underground Maximum Capacity (UMAX) Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel...2016-25408"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-25/pdf/2016-25408.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/25/2016-25408/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-umax-canister-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI- STORM Underground Maximum Capacity (UMAX) Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1040. Amendment No. 2 adds new fuel types to the HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System and updates an existing fuel type description. Additionally, Amendment No. 2 updates Table 3-4 of Appendix B of the CoC to reflect correct terminology and makes editorial changes to Appendix B of the CoC to clarify the description of the top surface pad. Each of these changes is described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2016-10-25Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1040, Amendment No. 2The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM Underground Maximum Capacity (UMAX) Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent...2016-25409"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-25/pdf/2016-25409.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/25/2016-25409/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-umax-canister-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM Underground Maximum Capacity (UMAX) Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1040. Amendment No. 2 adds new fuel types to the HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System and updates an existing fuel type description. Additionally, Amendment No. 2 updates Table 3-4 of Appendix B of the CoC to reflect correct terminology and makes editorial changes to Appendix B of the CoC to clarify the description of the top surface pad.
2016-10-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Certain Categories of General Service LampsThis final rule adopts test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs). Specifically, this rulemaking adopts new test procedures for determining the initial lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, power factor, and standby mode...2016-25180"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-20/pdf/2016-25180.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/20/2016-25180/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-certain-categories-of-general-service-lampsThis final rule adopts test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs). Specifically, this rulemaking adopts new test procedures for determining the initial lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, power factor, and standby mode power of GSLs that are not integrated light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or general service incandescent lamps (GSILs). DOE also adopts clarifying references to the existing lamp test procedures and sampling plans for determining the represented values of integrated LED lamps, general service fluorescent lamps, GSILs, and incandescent reflector lamps.
2016-10-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service LampsOn March 17, 2016, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing standards for general service lamps (GSLs) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. During the subsequent public meeting and in...2016-24865"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-18/pdf/2016-24865.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/18/2016-24865/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-lampsOn March 17, 2016, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing standards for general service lamps (GSLs) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. During the subsequent public meeting and in written comments, stakeholders provided additional data and raised concerns regarding the expansion of scope in the proposed GSL definition and DOE's approach to analyzing the 22 general service incandescent lamp exemptions. In response to several of those comments, DOE collected additional data and is publishing this document to propose a revised definition of GSL; announce the availability of National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) data and supplemental data collected by DOE; request public comment on proposed definitions and compiled data; and request any additional data that stakeholders may have in support of this evaluation.
2016-10-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating EquipmentThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including direct heating equipment. EPCA also requires the U.S....2016-24866"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-17/pdf/2016-24866.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/17/2016-24866/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-direct-heating-equipmentThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including direct heating equipment. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final determination, DOE is finalizing its determination that more-stringent energy conservation standards for direct heating equipment are not economically justified and is therefore not amending its energy conservation standards.
2016-10-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Matter or Special Nuclear MaterialThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The revisions update and provide added clarity throughout the...2016-24469"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-17/pdf/2016-24469.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/17/2016-24469/procedures-for-determining-eligibility-for-access-to-classified-matter-or-special-nuclear-materialThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The revisions update and provide added clarity throughout the regulations, and streamline the process for resolving access authorization eligibility determinations. Additionally, DOE is updating references to DOE Offices and officials to reflect the current DOE organizational structure.
2016-10-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Portable Air Conditioners; CorrectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on June 1, 2016, establishing test procedures for portable air conditioners. This correction addresses typographical errors in that final rule that were included in...2016-24869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-14/pdf/2016-24869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/14/2016-24869/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-portable-air-conditioners-correctionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on June 1, 2016, establishing test procedures for portable air conditioners. This correction addresses typographical errors in that final rule that were included in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 430, subpart B, appendix CC. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule.
2016-10-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings for the Circulator Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards and Test ProceduresAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) has granted the Circulator Pumps Working Group an extension to allow for more time for discussion on economic analysis and negotiations on standard levels. The Department of Energy...2016-24867"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-14/pdf/2016-24867.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/14/2016-24867/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meetings-for-theAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) has granted the Circulator Pumps Working Group an extension to allow for more time for discussion on economic analysis and negotiations on standard levels. The Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing additional open meetings have been scheduled for the Circulator Pumps Working Group.
2016-10-11RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 10On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) confirmed the effective date of May 31, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel...2016-24466"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-11/pdf/2016-24466.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/11/2016-24466/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-certificateOn May 31, 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) confirmed the effective date of May 31, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 10 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. The NRC confirmed the effective date because it determined that none of the comments submitted on the direct final rule met any of the criteria for a significant adverse comment. The purpose of this document is to provide responses to the comments received on the direct final rule.
2016-10-07RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 6The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No....2016-24317"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-07/pdf/2016-24317.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/07/2016-24317/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 6 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 6 revises NAC-MAGNASTOR technical specifications (TSs) to align with the NAC Multi-Purpose Canister (MPC) and NAC Universal MPC System (UMS) TSs. The CoC No. 1031 TSs require that a program be established and maintained for loading, unloading, and preparing fuel for storage without any indication of duration for the program. Amendment No. 6 limits maintenance of this program until all spent fuel is removed from the spent fuel pool and transport operations are completed. Related training and radiation protection program requirements are modified accordingly. Additionally, Amendment No. 6 incorporates the change to Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.1.1 previously approved by the NRC in CoC No. 1031 Amendment No. 4.
2016-10-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 6The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include...2016-24316"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-07/pdf/2016-24316.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/07/2016-24316/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 6 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 6 revises NAC-MAGNASTOR technical specifications (TSs) to align with the NAC Multi-Purpose Canister (MPC) and NAC Universal MPC System TSs. The CoC No. 1031 TSs require that a program be established and maintained for loading, unloading, and preparing fuel for storage without any indication of duration for the program. Amendment No. 6 limits maintenance of this program until all spent fuel is removed from the spent fuel pool and transport operations are completed. Related training and radiation protection program requirements are modified accordingly. Additionally, Amendment No. 6 incorporates the change to Limiting Condition for Operation 3.1.1 previously approved by the NRC in CoC No. 1031 Amendment No. 4.
2016-10-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRisk-Informed Changes to Loss-of-Coolant Accident Technical RequirementsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing a rulemaking activity titled, ``Risk-Informed Changes to Loss-Of- Coolant Accident Technical Requirements.'' The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public of the...2016-24189"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-06/pdf/2016-24189.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/06/2016-24189/risk-informed-changes-to-loss-of-coolant-accident-technical-requirementsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing a rulemaking activity titled, ``Risk-Informed Changes to Loss-Of- Coolant Accident Technical Requirements.'' The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public of the discontinuation of this rulemaking and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision to discontinue it. This rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2016-10-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps: Public MeetingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on a proposed definition for general service lamps (GSLs) to be published in a forthcoming notice of proposed definition and data availability (NOPDDA). The...2016-24063"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-05/pdf/2016-24063.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/05/2016-24063/energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-lamps-public-meetingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on a proposed definition for general service lamps (GSLs) to be published in a forthcoming notice of proposed definition and data availability (NOPDDA). The meeting will cover the proposed scope of the GSL definition; DOE's approach to analyzing the 22 lamps exempted from the statutory definition of general service incandescent lamp, including available sales data; challenges manufacturers may have in meeting the statutory backstop requirement of 45 lumens per watt (lm/W) associated with the lamps meeting the GSL definition that will apply beginning in January, 2020; and options available to DOE and/or manufacturers to help manufacturers transition to the backstop requirement; and any other issues relevant to the scope of the GSL definition.
2016-10-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentLoan Guarantees for Projects That Employ Innovative TechnologiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the regulations implementing the loan guarantee provisions in Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). The proposal is intended to increase clarity and transparency, reduce...2016-23268"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-03/pdf/2016-23268.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/03/2016-23268/loan-guarantees-for-projects-that-employ-innovative-technologiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the regulations implementing the loan guarantee provisions in Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). The proposal is intended to increase clarity and transparency, reduce paperwork, and provide a more workable interpretation of certain statutory provisions in light of DOE's experience with the Title XVII program.
2016-09-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Conventional Cooking Products; Supplemental Notice of Proposed RulemakingOn September 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) pertaining to proposed energy conservation standards for conventional cooking products. The notice provided an opportunity for...2016-23660"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-30/pdf/2016-23660.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/30/2016-23660/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-conventional-cookingOn September 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) pertaining to proposed energy conservation standards for conventional cooking products. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by October 3, 2016. This document announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the SNOPR or any other aspect of the rulemaking for conventional cooking products. The comment period is extended to November 2, 2016.
2016-09-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentCoordination of Federal Authorizations for Electric Transmission FacilitiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA). The amendments are intended to improve...2016-23285"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-28/pdf/2016-23285.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/28/2016-23285/coordination-of-federal-authorizations-for-electric-transmission-facilitiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA). The amendments are intended to improve the pre- application procedures and result in more efficient processing of applications.
2016-09-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentConvention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage Contingent Cost AllocationOn August 3, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments on a proposed information collection developed in connection with its proposed rulemaking under the Energy Independence and Security Act...2016-23271"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-27/pdf/2016-23271.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/27/2016-23271/convention-on-supplementary-compensation-for-nuclear-damage-contingent-cost-allocationOn August 3, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments on a proposed information collection developed in connection with its proposed rulemaking under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The notice stated that comments on the proposed information collection were to be submitted by October 3, 2016. At a public workshop held on September 16, 2016, to discuss the information collection proposal, and in written comments thereafter, members of the public requested an extension of time within which to submit comments. This document announces that the period for submitting comments on the proposed information collection is extended to November 7, 2016.
2016-09-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential FurnacesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential furnaces. EPCA also requires the U.S....2016-22080"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-23/pdf/2016-22080.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/23/2016-22080/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-furnacesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential furnaces. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. On March 12, 2015, DOE published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), in which DOE proposed amendments to the energy conservation standards for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces. In response to the NOPR, DOE received comment expressing concern regarding DOE's proposed approach and encouraging the Department to examine establishing a separate product class for small furnaces. In response, DOE published a notice of data availability (NODA) in the Federal Register on September 14, 2015 that contained an analysis of a potential product class for small non-weatherized gas furnaces. In this supplemental notice of rulemaking (SNOPR), DOE responds to comments received on the NOPR and NODA and is making a modified proposal regarding amended energy conservation standards for the subject residential furnaces (including a separate small furnaces product class), which supersedes DOE's earlier proposal, as set forth in the March 12, 2015 NOPR. The notice also requests comment on the SNOPR's proposed standards and associated analyses and results. The SNOPR also proposes clarifications to the certification and reporting requirements of standby mode and off mode values for non-weatherized oil furnaces (including mobile home oil furnaces) and electric furnaces, to provide direction on the rounding of standby mode and off mode values, generally, and to clarify the level of precision for the furnace and boiler standards.
2016-09-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish new definitions, a new test procedure for dedicated-purpose pool pumps, new sampling and rating requirements, and new enforcement provisions for such equipment. Specifically, DOE proposes a test...2016-21310"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-20/pdf/2016-21310.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/20/2016-21310/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish new definitions, a new test procedure for dedicated-purpose pool pumps, new sampling and rating requirements, and new enforcement provisions for such equipment. Specifically, DOE proposes a test procedure for measuring the weighted energy factor (WEF) for certain varieties of dedicated-purpose pool pumps. The proposed test method incorporates by reference certain sections of the industry test standard Hydraulic Institute (HI) 40.6-2014, ``Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing.'' The proposed definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling provisions are based on the recommendations of the dedicated-purpose pool pump (DPPP) Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).
2016-09-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Refrigeration SystemsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and freezers. EPCA also requires...2016-21583"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-13/pdf/2016-21583.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/13/2016-21583/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-walk-in-cooler-and-freezerThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and freezers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. DOE proposes prescribing energy conservation standards for certain categories of walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration systems and plans to hold a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards along with their accompanying analyses.
2016-09-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Integrated Light-Emitting Diode Lamps; CorrectionOn July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting a test procedure for integrated light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as ``LED lamps'') to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the...2016-21577"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21577.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/08/2016-21577/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-integrated-light-emitting-diode-lamps-correctionOn July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting a test procedure for integrated light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as ``LED lamps'') to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the ongoing general service lamps rulemaking, which includes LED lamps (hereafter the ``July 2016 final rule''). This correction addresses an error in the July 2016 final rule to add appendix BB to 10 CFR 430.3(p)(5). Neither the error nor the correction in this document affect the substance of the test procedure rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule.
2016-09-06RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2016; CorrectionThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule amending regulations that became effective August 23, 2016. The fiscal year (FY) 2016 final fee rule, published June 24, 2016, amended the licensing, inspection, special project, and...2016-21270"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-06/pdf/2016-21270.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/06/2016-21270/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2016-correctionThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule amending regulations that became effective August 23, 2016. The fiscal year (FY) 2016 final fee rule, published June 24, 2016, amended the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to NRC applicants and licensees. This document corrects the annual fee for materials licensees in the category ``Nuclear laundries'' from the FY 2016 rate of $0 to the FY 2015 rate of $40,100. This correction allows Agreement States to continue to collect fees in this fee category.
2016-09-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Conventional Cooking ProductsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential conventional cooking products. EPCA also...2016-20721"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-02/pdf/2016-20721.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/02/2016-20721/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-conventional-cookingThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential conventional cooking products. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes new and amended energy conservation standards for residential conventional cooking products, specifically conventional cooking tops and conventional ovens.
2016-08-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Consumer and Commercial Water HeatersThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish a mathematical conversion factor to translate the current energy conservation standards and the measured values determined under the energy factor, thermal efficiency, and standby loss test...2016-20097"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-30/pdf/2016-20097.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/30/2016-20097/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-and-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish a mathematical conversion factor to translate the current energy conservation standards and the measured values determined under the energy factor, thermal efficiency, and standby loss test procedures for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters to those determined under the more recently adopted uniform energy factor test procedure. As required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, DOE initially presented proposals for establishing a mathematical conversion factor in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) published on April 14, 2015 (April 2015 NOPR). Upon further analysis and review of the public comments received in response to the April 2015 NOPR, DOE is publishing this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR), which: updates the proposed mathematical conversion factors based on new test data received after the publication of the April 2015 NOPR; proposes updates to the methodology for developing the conversions for certain covered water heaters based on feedback received from interested parties; and proposes a new approach for denominating the existing energy conservation standards in terms of the new uniform energy factor (UEF) metric.
2016-08-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentNotice of Revised Procedures Affecting Applications and Authorizations for the In-Transit Movement of Natural GasPursuant to section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), no person may import or export natural gas without authorization from the Department of Energy (DOE), and DOE will approve such imports or exports unless, after opportunity for a hearing, it...2016-20802"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-30/pdf/2016-20802.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/30/2016-20802/notice-of-revised-procedures-affecting-applications-and-authorizations-for-the-in-transit-movementPursuant to section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), no person may import or export natural gas without authorization from the Department of Energy (DOE), and DOE will approve such imports or exports unless, after opportunity for a hearing, it determines that the imports or exports are not consistent with the public interest. Section 3(c) of the NGA provides that imports and exports of natural gas from or to countries with which the United States has entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas (FTA countries), and all imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from any country, are deemed in the public interest and must be granted without modification or delay. This notice serves to clarify that in-transit shipments of natural gas, i.e., shipments of natural gas that only temporarily pass through the United States before returning to their country of origin, or temporarily pass through a foreign country before returning to the United States, for consumption or other disposition, are not ``imports'' or ``exports'' within the meaning of section 3 of the Natural Gas Act. However, DOE will impose monthly reporting requirements on persons making such shipments in order to ensure these movements meet the criteria defining in-transit shipments, and are tracked accordingly.
2016-08-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Compact Fluorescent LampsThis final rule amends the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) test procedures for medium base compact fluorescent lamps (MBCFLs) and adopts test procedures for new metrics for all CFLs including hybrid CFLs and CFLs with bases other than medium screw...2016-19967"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-29/pdf/2016-19967.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/29/2016-19967/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-compact-fluorescent-lampsThis final rule amends the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) test procedures for medium base compact fluorescent lamps (MBCFLs) and adopts test procedures for new metrics for all CFLs including hybrid CFLs and CFLs with bases other than medium screw base. In this final rule, DOE replaces references to ENERGY STAR[supreg] testing requirements with references to the latest versions of the relevant industry standard test methods referenced by the ENERGY STAR testing requirements, with certain modifications. In addition, DOE adopts new test procedures to support the ongoing energy conservation standards rulemaking for general service lamps (GSLs), the recently revised final test procedure and energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs), and the labeling requirements specified by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The test procedures will also support the ENERGY STAR program requirements for lamps and luminaires. Specifically, this final rule adopts test methods for new metrics including color rendering index (CRI), correlated color temperature (CCT), power factor, and start time. DOE also adopts test procedures for additional CFL categories, including non-integrated CFLs and integrated CFLs that are not MBCFLs. This final rule also revises the sampling plan for performance metrics and incorporates methods to measure standby mode power.
2016-08-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Notice of Partial Grant and Partial Denial of Petitions To Amend the Error Correction RuleThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is granting in part and denying in part a series of petitions to amend a recently published rule that established a procedure through which a party can, within a prescribed period after DOE posts a rule...2016-19968"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-24/pdf/2016-19968.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/24/2016-19968/energy-conservation-program-notice-of-partial-grant-and-partial-denial-of-petitions-to-amend-theThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is granting in part and denying in part a series of petitions to amend a recently published rule that established a procedure through which a party can, within a prescribed period after DOE posts a rule establishing or amending an energy conservation standard, identify a possible error in such a rule and request that DOE correct the error before the rule is published in the Federal Register (``error correction rule''). DOE also provided an opportunity for the public to comment on these petitions. This document responds to both the petitions and related comments that were submitted and received in accordance with the timelines established in a prior Federal Register notice inviting such petitions and comments.
2016-08-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps (CAC/HP) established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. DOE published several proposals in a November 2015 supplemental...2016-18993"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-24/pdf/2016-18993.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/24/2016-18993/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps (CAC/HP) established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. DOE published several proposals in a November 2015 supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR). DOE finalized some of the proposed test procedure amendments in a June 2016 final rule. This SNOPR proposes additional revisions to some of the amendments proposed in the past notices and proposes some additional amendments. Specifically, this SNOPR proposes two sets of amendments to the test procedure: Amendments to appendix M that would be required as the basis for making efficiency representations starting 180 days after final rule publication; and amendments as part of a new appendix M1 that would be the basis for making efficiency representations as of the compliance date for any amended energy conservation standards. Broadly speaking, the proposed amendments address the off-mode test procedures, clarifications on test set-up and fan delays, limits to gross indoor fin surface area for valid combinations, external static pressure conditions for testing, clarifications on represented values for CAC/HP that are distributed in commerce with multiple refrigerants, and the methodology for testing and calculating heating performance. DOE does not expect the proposed changes to appendix M to change measured efficiency. However, DOE has determined that the proposed procedures in new appendix M1 would change measured efficiency. DOE welcomes comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this test procedure rulemaking.
2016-08-23RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Amendment No. 2The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec...2016-20090"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-20090.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/23/2016-20090/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec International (Holtec) HI- STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System. Amendment No. 2 adds new fuel types to the HI-STORM FW MPC Storage System, includes new criticality calculations, updates an existing fuel type description, and includes changes previously incorporated in Amendment No. 0 to CoC No. 1032, Revision 1. In addition, Amendment No. 2 makes several other changes as described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2016-08-23Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Amendment No. 2The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to add Amendment No. 2 to the Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec...2016-20091"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-20091.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/23/2016-20091/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to add Amendment No. 2 to the Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage. Amendment No. 2 adds new fuel types to the HI-STORM FW MPC Storage System, includes new criticality calculations, updates an existing fuel type description, and includes changes previously incorporated in Amendment No. 0 to CoC No. 1032, Revision 1, and revises CoC Condition No. 8 to provide additional clarity and guidance.
2016-08-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking ProductsOn December 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to revise its test procedures for cooking products. As part of the December 2014 test procedure SNOPR, DOE proposed a change to the...2016-19229"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19229.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/22/2016-19229/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-productsOn December 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to revise its test procedures for cooking products. As part of the December 2014 test procedure SNOPR, DOE proposed a change to the test equipment that would allow for measuring the energy efficiency of induction cooking tops. DOE also proposed methods to test non-circular electric surface units, electric surface units with flexible concentric cooking zones, full-surface induction cooking tops, and gas burners with high input rates. In this SNOPR, to address issues raised by interested parties regarding the ability of the previous cooking top proposals to adequately measure energy use during a representative average use cycle, DOE proposes to amend its test procedure for all conventional electric cooking tops to incorporate by reference the relevant selections from European standard EN 60350-2:2013 ``Household electric cooking appliances Part 2: Hobs--Methods for measuring performance'' (EN 60350-2:2013). DOE also revises its proposals for testing non- circular electric surface units, electric surface units with flexible concentric cooking zones, and full-surface induction cooking tops based on EN 60350-2:2013. Furthermore, DOE proposes to extend the test methods in EN 60350-2:2013 to measure the energy consumption of gas cooking tops by correlating test equipment diameter to burner input rate, including input rates that exceed 14,000 British thermal units per hour (Btu/h). DOE also proposes to modify the calculations of conventional cooking top annual energy consumption and integrated annual energy consumption to account for the proposed water-heating test method. DOE proposes to incorporate by reference test structures from American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z21.1-2016 ``Household cooking gas appliances'' to standardize the installation conditions under which cooking tops are tested. DOE also proposes minor technical clarifications to the gas heating value correction and other grammatical changes to the regulatory text in appendix I that do not alter the substance of the existing test methods. With regard to conventional ovens, DOE proposes to repeal the regulatory provisions establishing the test procedure for conventional ovens under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). DOE has determined that the conventional oven test procedure may not accurately represent consumer use as it favors conventional ovens with low thermal mass and does not capture cooking performance-related benefits due to increased thermal mass of the oven cavity.
2016-08-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for DehumidifiersThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on June 13, 2016, adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. This correction addresses an error in the final rule by clarifying in Title 10...2016-19969"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19969.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/22/2016-19969/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dehumidifiersThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on June 13, 2016, adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. This correction addresses an error in the final rule by clarifying in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), section 430.32 the energy efficiency metric used to determine compliance with the amended standards. Neither the error nor the correction in this document affect the substance of the energy conservation standards rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule. In addition, DOE removed 10 CFR 430.32(v)(1) because the requirement is now obsolete.
2016-08-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential DehumidifiersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) make a determination on the impact, if any, on the lessening of competition likely to result from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)...2016-19612"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-18/pdf/2016-19612.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/18/2016-19612/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-dehumidifiersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) make a determination on the impact, if any, on the lessening of competition likely to result from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed rule for energy conservation standards and that DOE publish the determination in the Federal Register. DOE published its final rule for energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers on June 13, 2016, and is publishing DOJ's August 5, 2015 determination on the proposed rule.
2016-08-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps; CorrectionOn June 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register that amended the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. This final rule corrects multiple editorial errors in that final rule.2016-19227"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-18/pdf/2016-19227.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/18/2016-19227/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumps-correctionOn June 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register that amended the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. This final rule corrects multiple editorial errors in that final rule.
2016-08-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Ceiling Fans; CorrectionOn July 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule amending test procedures for ceiling fans. 81 FR 48619. This correction addresses an amendatory term error in that final rule.2016-19621"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-17/pdf/2016-19621.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/17/2016-19621/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-ceiling-fans-correctionOn July 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule amending test procedures for ceiling fans. 81 FR 48619. This correction addresses an amendatory term error in that final rule.
2016-08-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in FreezersThis document proposes amending the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components by improving the procedure's clarity, updating related certification and enforcement provisions to address the performance-based energy conservation...2016-19104"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-17/pdf/2016-19104.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/17/2016-19104/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-walk-in-coolers-and-walk-in-freezersThis document proposes amending the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components by improving the procedure's clarity, updating related certification and enforcement provisions to address the performance-based energy conservation standards for walk-in cooler and freezer equipment, and establishing labeling requirements to aid manufacturers in determining which components would be considered for compliance purposes as intended for walk-in cooler and freezer applications. The proposed amendments consist of certain walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration system-specific provisions, including product-specific definitions, removal of the test method for systems with hot gas defrost, and a method to accommodate refrigeration equipment that use adaptive defrost and on-cycle variable-speed evaporator fan control.
2016-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Uninterruptible Power Supplies; CorrectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a document in the Federal Register on August 5, 2016, concerning a notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power...2016-19102"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19102.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-19102/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-uninterruptible-power-suppliesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a document in the Federal Register on August 5, 2016, concerning a notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies. 81 FR 52196. The NOPR provided that the public meeting would be held on September 9, 2016. However, due to a scheduling conflict amongst stakeholders, DOE is changing the date of the public meeting to Friday, September 16, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m. All other dates, including the date that the comment period closes, remain unchanged.
2016-08-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air-Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces; CorrectionOn January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register that amended the energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large air- cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating...2016-19358"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19358.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-19358/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-industrial-equipment-energy-conservation-standards-for-smallOn January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register that amended the energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large air- cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces. This document corrects multiple editorial errors in that final rule.
2016-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air ConditionersOn June 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for portable air conditioners. 81 FR 38398. The notice provided opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and...2016-19356"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19356.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-19356/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-portable-air-conditionersOn June 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for portable air conditioners. 81 FR 38398. The notice provided opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by August 12, 2016. DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), dated July 21, 2016, to extend the comment period until December 1, 2016.
2016-08-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedural Rules for DOE Nuclear ActivitiesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend its Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities to clarify that the Department may assess civil penalties against certain contractors and subcontractors for violations of the prohibition against...2016-19103"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-19103.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/12/2016-19103/procedural-rules-for-doe-nuclear-activitiesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend its Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities to clarify that the Department may assess civil penalties against certain contractors and subcontractors for violations of the prohibition against retaliating against an employee who reports violations of law, mismanagement, waste, abuse, or dangerous/unsafe workplace conditions, among other protected activities, concerning nuclear safety (referred to as ``whistleblowers''). Specifically, this proposed rule would clarify that the prohibition against whistleblower retaliation is a DOE Nuclear Safety Requirement to the extent that it concerns nuclear safety. The proposed rule would also explain the circumstances under which DOE would investigate alleged violations of this prohibition. The proposed rule would also delineate which DOE regulations are DOE Nuclear Safety Requirements.
2016-08-11RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionOperating Philosophy for Maintaining Occupational and Public Radiation Exposures as Low as Is Reasonably AchievableThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 2 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 8.10, ``Operating Philosophy for Maintaining Occupational Radiation Exposures as Low as is Reasonably Achievable.'' This revision describes methods and...2016-18767"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-11/pdf/2016-18767.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/11/2016-18767/operating-philosophy-for-maintaining-occupational-and-public-radiation-exposures-as-low-as-isThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 2 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 8.10, ``Operating Philosophy for Maintaining Occupational Radiation Exposures as Low as is Reasonably Achievable.'' This revision describes methods and procedures that the NRC staff considers acceptable for maintaining radiation exposures to employees and the public as low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA).
2016-08-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating Equipment; Reopening of Comment PeriodOn May 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that proposed amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters. DOE published this NOPR so stakeholders can...2016-18674"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18674.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/05/2016-18674/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-water-heating-equipmentOn May 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that proposed amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters. DOE published this NOPR so stakeholders can review and provide input on these proposed revisions. The comment period for the NOPR pertaining to the subject commercial water heating equipment was scheduled to end August 1, 2016. After receiving a number of requests for additional time to comment, DOE has decided to reopen the public comment period until August 30, 2016 for the purposes of submitting comments on the NOPR or any other aspect of the energy conservation standards rulemaking for commercial water heating equipment.
2016-08-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Uninterruptible Power SuppliesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers. In this notice, the U.S. Department...2016-18446"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18446.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/05/2016-18446/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-uninterruptible-power-suppliesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers. In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes new energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
2016-08-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentConvention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage Contingent Cost AllocationThis document provides information on a public workshop to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) notice and request for comment on a proposed collection of information. DOE developed the proposed collection of information in connection with the...2016-18368"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-03/pdf/2016-18368.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/03/2016-18368/convention-on-supplementary-compensation-for-nuclear-damage-contingent-cost-allocationThis document provides information on a public workshop to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) notice and request for comment on a proposed collection of information. DOE developed the proposed collection of information in connection with the notice of proposed rulemaking on the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage Contingent Cost Allocation (NOPR) in which it proposed regulations to establish a retrospective risk pooling program covering nuclear suppliers that may be required under certain circumstances to pay for any contribution by the United States government to the international supplementary fund created by the Convention for Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.
2016-07-29RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRulemaking Activities Being Discontinued by the NRCThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing eight rulemaking activities. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public that these rulemaking activities are being discontinued and to provide a brief discussion of the...2016-17766"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-29/pdf/2016-17766.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/29/2016-17766/rulemaking-activities-being-discontinued-by-the-nrcThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing eight rulemaking activities. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public that these rulemaking activities are being discontinued and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision to discontinue them. These rulemaking activities will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2016-07-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Final Coverage Determination; Test Procedures for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products; CorrectionOn July 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule establishing a final coverage determination and test procedures for miscellaneous refrigeration products. This correction addresses technical errors in the preamble and regulatory...2016-17752"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-29/pdf/2016-17752.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/29/2016-17752/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-final-coverage-determination-test-procedures-forOn July 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule establishing a final coverage determination and test procedures for miscellaneous refrigeration products. This correction addresses technical errors in the preamble and regulatory text. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affects the substance of the rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule.
2016-07-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Ceiling FansThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a final rule to amend the test procedures for ceiling fans. DOE is establishing an integrated efficiency metric for ceiling fans, based on airflow and power consumption at high and low speed for low-speed...2016-17139"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-25/pdf/2016-17139.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/25/2016-17139/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-ceiling-fansThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a final rule to amend the test procedures for ceiling fans. DOE is establishing an integrated efficiency metric for ceiling fans, based on airflow and power consumption at high and low speed for low-speed small-diameter ceiling fans; at high speed for high-speed small-diameter ceiling fans; and at up to five speeds for large-diameter ceiling fans. The integrated efficiency metric also accounts for power consumed in standby mode. DOE is also adopting new test procedures for large- diameter ceiling fans, multi-mount ceiling fans, ceiling fans with multiple fan heads, and ceiling fans where the airflow is not directed vertically, and clarifying when these methods must be conducted. Additionally, DOE is adopting the following changes to the current test procedure: Eliminating the test cylinder from the test setup; specifying the method of measuring the distance between the ceiling fan blades and the air velocity sensors during testing; specifying the fan configuration during testing for ceiling fans that can be mounted in more than one configuration; specifying the test method for ceiling fans with heaters; specifying that a ceiling fan is not subject to the test procedure if the plane of rotation of the ceiling fan's blades cannot be within 45 degrees of horizontal; specifying that centrifugal ceiling fans are not subject to the test procedure; specifying that all small-diameter ceiling fans must be mounted directly to the real ceiling for testing; revising the allowable measurement tolerance for air velocity sensors; revising the allowable mounting tolerance for air velocity sensors; revising the testing temperature requirement; requiring measurement axes to be perpendicular to walls; specifying the position of air conditioning vents and doors during testing; specifying operation of room conditioning equipment; specifying the power source and how power measurements are to be made; and specifying stable measurement criteria and a method for determining stability.
2016-07-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Certain Categories of General Service LampsThis supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) proposes to establish test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs) to support the ongoing energy conservation standards rulemaking. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes...2016-17135"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-20/pdf/2016-17135.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/20/2016-17135/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-certain-categories-of-general-service-lampsThis supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) proposes to establish test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs) to support the ongoing energy conservation standards rulemaking. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes new test procedures for determining the initial lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, power factor, and standby mode power of GSLs that are not integrated light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or general service incandescent lamps (GSILs). This SNOPR revises the previous proposed test procedures for GSLs by referencing Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) LM-79-08 for the testing of non- integrated LED lamps. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is also proposing to clarify references to the existing lamp test methods and sampling plans for determining the represented values of integrated LED lamps, CFLs, and GSILs.
2016-07-20RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionUpdate to Transcript Correction ProceduresThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulation that governs the correction of official transcripts for agency adjudicatory proceedings. The current regulation has not been substantively updated since it was adopted in 1962 and...2016-17072"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-20/pdf/2016-17072.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/20/2016-17072/update-to-transcript-correction-proceduresThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulation that governs the correction of official transcripts for agency adjudicatory proceedings. The current regulation has not been substantively updated since it was adopted in 1962 and the NRC's internal procedures have evolved since that time to incorporate technological development. The NRC is not soliciting public comment on this change because the change is limited to an agency rule of procedure and practice that does not affect the rights and responsibilities of outside parties.
2016-07-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Final Coverage Determination; Test Procedures for Miscellaneous Refrigeration ProductsThis final rule classifies a variety of refrigeration products that are collectively described as ``miscellaneous refrigeration products''--i.e., ``MREFs,'' as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act...2016-14389"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-18/pdf/2016-14389.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/18/2016-14389/energy-conservation-program-final-coverage-determination-test-procedures-for-miscellaneousThis final rule classifies a variety of refrigeration products that are collectively described as ``miscellaneous refrigeration products''--i.e., ``MREFs,'' as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (``EPCA''), as amended. These products include different types of refrigeration devices that include one or more compartments that maintain higher temperatures than typical refrigerator compartments, such as wine chillers and beverage coolers. Additionally, this final rule amends or establishes certain definitions related to these products and establishes test procedures for certain classes of MREFs. These procedures are based an earlier proposal the Department of Energy published on December 16, 2014, along with additional feedback provided as part of a negotiated rulemaking effort focusing on these products. The test procedures follow the same general methodology as those currently in place for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. Through this rule, the test procedures for MREFs will be codified. This rule also establishes similar clarifying amendments for freezers.
2016-07-15RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionVariable Annual Fee Structure for Small Modular Reactors; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register on May 24, 2016, amending its licensing, inspection, and annual fee regulations to establish a variable annual fee structure for light-water small modular...2016-16659"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-15/pdf/2016-16659.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/15/2016-16659/variable-annual-fee-structure-for-small-modular-reactors-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register on May 24, 2016, amending its licensing, inspection, and annual fee regulations to establish a variable annual fee structure for light-water small modular reactors. The final rule contained a grammatical error in a definition, an incorrect reference format, and an incomplete signature date. This document corrects the final rule by revising the sections that contain these errors and completing the signature date.
2016-07-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Enforcement of Regional Standards for Central Air ConditionersIn this final rule, DOE is adopting provisions pertaining to the enforcement of regional standards for central air conditioners, which were largely based on recommendations from a negotiated rulemaking term sheet. On November 19, 2015, the U.S....2016-16441"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-14/pdf/2016-16441.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/14/2016-16441/energy-conservation-program-enforcement-of-regional-standards-for-central-air-conditionersIn this final rule, DOE is adopting provisions pertaining to the enforcement of regional standards for central air conditioners, which were largely based on recommendations from a negotiated rulemaking term sheet. On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to adopt requirements related to the enforcement of regional standards for central air conditioners, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for this final rule. The provisions adopted in this final rule will aid the Department in enforcing its energy conservation standards for central air conditioners that are regionally based.
2016-07-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionConsideration of Rulemaking To Address Prompt Remediation of Residual Radioactivity During OperationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking additional input from the public, licensees, Agreement States, non- Agreement States, and other stakeholders on the need for potential rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual...2016-15949"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-06/pdf/2016-15949.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/06/2016-15949/consideration-of-rulemaking-to-address-prompt-remediation-of-residual-radioactivity-during-operationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking additional input from the public, licensees, Agreement States, non- Agreement States, and other stakeholders on the need for potential rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual radioactivity during the operational phase at licensed material sites and nuclear reactors. The NRC has not initiated a rulemaking, but is gathering information and seeking stakeholder input on this subject for developing a recommendation to the Commission regarding the need for further rulemaking. To aid in this process, the NRC is requesting comments on the issues discussed in Section II, ``Specific Questions,'' in the Supplementary Information section of this document. Additionally, the NRC will hold a public Webinar and host a public meeting to facilitate the public's and other stakeholders' understanding of these issues and the submission of comments.
2016-07-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Integrated Light-Emitting Diode LampsThis final rule adopts a test procedure for integrated light- emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as LED lamps) to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the ongoing general...2016-14481"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-14481.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-14481/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-integrated-light-emitting-diode-lampsThis final rule adopts a test procedure for integrated light- emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as LED lamps) to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the ongoing general service lamps rulemaking, which includes LED lamps. The final rule adopts test procedures for determining the lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, correlated color temperature (CCT), color rendering index (CRI), power factor, lifetime, and standby mode power for LED lamps. The final rule also adopts a definition for time to failure to support the definition of lifetime. This final rule incorporates by reference four industry standards, including two recently published industry standards that describe a process for taking lumen maintenance measurements and projecting those measurements for use in the lifetime test method.
2016-07-01RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionAdjustment of Civil Penalties for InflationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2016-15399"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15399.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-15399/adjustment-of-civil-penalties-for-inflationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (FCPIAA), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Improvements Act). The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $140,000 to $280,469 per violation, per day. Additionally, the NRC is amending provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $7,000 to $10,781 for each false claim or statement.
2016-06-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentDraft Environmental Assessment for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Energy Conservation Standards for Manufactured Housing” With Request for Information on Impacts to Indoor Air QualitySection 413 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. Section 413 further directs DOE to base its energy conservation...2016-15328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/30/2016-15328/draft-environmental-assessment-for-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-energy-conservation-standards-forSection 413 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. Section 413 further directs DOE to base its energy conservation standards on the most recent version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and any supplements to that document, except where DOE finds that the IECC is not cost effective or where a more stringent standard would be more cost effective, based on the impact of the IECC on the purchase price of manufactured housing and on total lifecycle construction and operating costs. On June 17, 2016, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register pertaining to energy efficiency for manufactured housing. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the environmental impacts of this proposed action. DOE is seeking public comment on the environmental issues addressed in the EA. In conjunction with issuance of this draft EA for public review and comment, DOE is issuing a request for information that will help it analyze potential impacts on indoor air quality (IAQ) from the proposed energy conservation standards, in particular sealing manufactured homes tighter.
2016-06-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Battery ChargersC1-2016-11486"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-29/pdf/C1-2016-11486.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/29/C1-2016-11486/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-battery-chargers
2016-06-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this interim final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil...2016-15148"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15148.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/28/2016-15148/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this interim final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.
2016-06-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsC1-2016-10170"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-27/pdf/C1-2016-10170.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/27/C1-2016-10170/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressors
2016-06-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2016The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees and, for the first time, the NRC is recovering its costs when it responds to third-party...2016-14490"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14490.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/24/2016-14490/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2016The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees and, for the first time, the NRC is recovering its costs when it responds to third-party demands for information in litigation where the United States is not a party (``Touhy requests''). These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees.
2016-06-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Program: Test Procedure for Televisions; Request for InformationThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a rulemaking to consider whether revisions are needed to the test procedure for televisions. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data and identified several...2016-14982"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14982.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/24/2016-14982/energy-efficiency-program-test-procedure-for-televisions-request-for-informationThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a rulemaking to consider whether revisions are needed to the test procedure for televisions. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data and identified several issues associated with the current DOE test procedure on which DOE is particularly interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern on-mode power measurement. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of the television test procedure (including topics not specifically raised in this request for information).
2016-06-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Certification, Compliance, Labeling, and Enforcement for Electric Motors and Small Electric MotorsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') is proposing to revise its certification, compliance, and enforcement regulations for electric motors and small electric motors to conform to the enforcement regulations for all other...2016-14479"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14479.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/24/2016-14479/energy-conservation-program-certification-compliance-labeling-and-enforcement-for-electric-motorsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') is proposing to revise its certification, compliance, and enforcement regulations for electric motors and small electric motors to conform to the enforcement regulations for all other covered products and equipment and to consolidate, to the extent possible, the certification and compliance regulations for electric motors and small electric motors with those for other types of covered products and equipment. In addition to bringing the certification, compliance, and enforcement regulations for electric motors and small electric motors under the umbrella and general regulatory scheme of DOE's existing certification, compliance, and enforcement regulations for other equipment and products, this proposal provides specific sampling plans, certification of efficiency requirements, independent testing laboratory and certification program requirements, and labeling requirements for electric motors and small electric motors.
2016-06-24Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionPetition for Rulemaking Submitted by C-10 Research and Education Foundation, Inc.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying Requests 4 and 9 of a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated November 24, 2008, filed by Ms. Sandra Gavutis, Executive Director of C-10 Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (the petitioner). The...2016-14998"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14998.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/24/2016-14998/petition-for-rulemaking-submitted-by-c-10-research-and-education-foundation-incThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying Requests 4 and 9 of a petition for rulemaking (PRM), dated November 24, 2008, filed by Ms. Sandra Gavutis, Executive Director of C-10 Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (the petitioner). The petitioner requested that the NRC amend its regulations concerning dry cask safety, security, transferability, and longevity. The petitioner made 12 specific requests. The NRC previously denied 9 of these requests and accepted 1 request for consideration in the rulemaking process. Two remaining requests were reserved for future rulemaking determinations. The purpose of this Federal Register notice is to announce the NRC's final decision to deny these two remaining requests.
2016-06-21Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Compressors; Extension of Comment PeriodOn May 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for compressor energy conservation standards. This document announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting...2016-14480"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14480.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/21/2016-14480/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-compressors-extension-of-commentOn May 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for compressor energy conservation standards. This document announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting comments on the NOPR or any other aspect of the energy conservation standards rulemaking for compressors. The comment period is extended to August 17, 2016.
2016-06-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Standards for Manufactured HousingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a proposed rule to implement the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which directs DOE to establish energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. DOE proposes to establish energy...2016-13547"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-17/pdf/2016-13547.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/17/2016-13547/energy-conservation-standards-for-manufactured-housingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a proposed rule to implement the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which directs DOE to establish energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. DOE proposes to establish energy conservation standards for manufactured housing based on the negotiated consensus recommendations of the manufactured housing working group (MH working group). The MH working group's recommendations were based on the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the impact of the IECC on the purchase price of manufactured housing, total lifecycle construction and operating costs, factory design and construction techniques unique to manufactured housing, and the current construction and safety standards set forth by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
2016-06-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentChronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program; CorrectionThis document corrects the ADDRESSES section to the notice of proposed rulemaking and public hearings which published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2016, regarding the Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program. This correction revises the...2016-14020"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14020.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/14/2016-14020/chronic-beryllium-disease-prevention-program-correctionThis document corrects the ADDRESSES section to the notice of proposed rulemaking and public hearings which published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2016, regarding the Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program. This correction revises the addresses relating to two of the public hearings.
2016-06-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for DehumidifiersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including dehumidifiers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department...2016-12881"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-12881.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/13/2016-12881/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dehumidifiersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including dehumidifiers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE is adopting more- stringent energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. It has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2016-06-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Battery ChargersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (``EPCA'' or in context, ``the Act''), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers. EPCA...2016-12835"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-12835.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/13/2016-12835/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-battery-chargersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (``EPCA'' or in context, ``the Act''), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or, in context, ``the Department'') to determine whether Federal energy conservation standards for a particular type of product or equipment would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. On March 27, 2012, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NOPR'') to establish energy conservation standards for battery chargers. Responding to stakeholder comments, DOE updated its analysis and revised its proposed approach, resulting in a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (``SNOPR'') published on September 1, 2015. After considering all the stakeholder comments responding to the SNOPR, DOE is adopting the proposed energy conservation standards for battery chargers in this final rule. DOE has determined that these standards will result in the significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2016-06-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air ConditionersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency for consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. In addition to specifying a list of covered...2016-13549"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-13549.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/13/2016-13549/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-portable-air-conditionersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency for consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. In addition to specifying a list of covered residential products and commercial equipment, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has previously published a proposed determination of coverage to classify portable air conditioners (ACs) as covered consumer products under the applicable provisions in EPCA. In this document, DOE proposes energy conservation standards for portable ACs following its notice of final determination of coverage. This document also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
2016-06-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsOn November 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the test procedure for central air conditioners and heat pumps. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final...2016-12592"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-08/pdf/2016-12592.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/08/2016-12592/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsOn November 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the test procedure for central air conditioners and heat pumps. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. The final rule, in addition to satisfying the agency's obligation to periodically review its test procedures for covered equipment, amends specific certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions related to this product. In the final rule DOE makes the following amendments to the current test procedure: a new basic model definition as it pertains to central air conditioners and heat pumps and revised requirements for represented values; revised alternative efficiency determination methods; termination of active waivers and interim waivers; procedures to determine off mode power consumption; changes to the test procedure that would improve test repeatability and reduce test burden; and clarifications to ambiguous sections of the test procedure intended also to improve test repeatability and reproducibility Some of these amendments also include incorporation by reference of updated industry standards.
2016-06-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentChronic Beryllium Disease Prevention ProgramThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is proposing to amend its current chronic beryllium disease prevention program regulation. The proposed amendments would improve and strengthen the current provisions and continue to be applicable to DOE...2016-12547"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-07/pdf/2016-12547.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/07/2016-12547/chronic-beryllium-disease-prevention-programThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is proposing to amend its current chronic beryllium disease prevention program regulation. The proposed amendments would improve and strengthen the current provisions and continue to be applicable to DOE Federal and contractor employees who are, were, or potentially were exposed to beryllium at DOE sites.
2016-06-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Portable Air ConditionersOn February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), in which it proposed to establish test procedures for portable air conditioners (ACs) to determine capacities and energy efficiency metrics for...2016-12446"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-01/pdf/2016-12446.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/01/2016-12446/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-portable-air-conditionersOn February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), in which it proposed to establish test procedures for portable air conditioners (ACs) to determine capacities and energy efficiency metrics for portable ACs. On November 27, 2015, DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to revise the proposal by modifying the cooling and heating mode test requirements, introducing the seasonally adjusted cooling capacity (SACC) and a revised combined energy efficiency ratio (CEER), and clarifying several aspects of test setup. The proposed test procedure serves as the basis for this action. DOE is issuing a final rule to establish a new test procedure for portable ACs in a new appendix. The new test procedure in appendix CC will be used to determine the SACC and CEER for portable ACs that are subject to the adopted test procedure. The test procedure is based on industry standards, with several modifications to ensure the test procedure is representative of typical use and to improve accuracy and repeatability while minimizing test burden.
2016-06-01Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionProgrammable Logic Computers in Nuclear Power Plant Control SystemsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM), filed by Mr. Alan Morris (petitioner) on March 14, 2013, as supplemented most recently on December 19, 2013. The petition was docketed by the NRC on February 7,...2016-12926"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-01/pdf/2016-12926.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/01/2016-12926/programmable-logic-computers-in-nuclear-power-plant-control-systemsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM), filed by Mr. Alan Morris (petitioner) on March 14, 2013, as supplemented most recently on December 19, 2013. The petition was docketed by the NRC on February 7, 2014, and was assigned Docket No. PRM-73-17. The petitioner requested that the NRC require that his ``new-design programmable logic computers [PLCs]'' be installed in the control systems of nuclear power plants to block malware attacks on the industrial control systems of those facilities. In addition, the petitioner requested that nuclear power plant staff be trained ``in the programming and handling of the non-rewriteable memories'' for nuclear power plants. The NRC is denying the petition because the petitioner did not present any significant new information or arguments that would support the requested changes, nor has he demonstrated that a need exists for a new regulation requiring the installation of his new-design PLCs in the control systems of NRC- licensed nuclear power plants.
2016-05-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating EquipmentThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and...2016-12178"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12178.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/31/2016-12178/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-water-heating-equipmentThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and unfired hot water storage tanks (hereinafter referred to as ``commercial water heating (CWH) equipment''). EPCA also requires that every 6 years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) must determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this action, DOE has tentatively concluded that there is clear and convincing evidence to support more-stringent standards for several classes of the equipment that are the subject of this rulemaking. DOE did not consider more-stringent standards in this action for commercial oil-fired storage water heaters, whose standards were recently amended. Therefore, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for certain commercial water heating equipment, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
2016-05-31RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 10; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of May 31, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2016-12689"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12689.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/31/2016-12689/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-certificateThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of May 31, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 10 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. In addition, the NRC is correcting the direct final rule because it inadvertently omitted Revision 1 to Amendment Nos. 8 and 9 to CoC No. 1014.
2016-05-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Commercial Warm Air FurnacesThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published a direct final rule to establish amended energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air...2016-12279"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12279.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-12279/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-industrial-equipment-energy-conservation-standards-for-smallThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published a direct final rule to establish amended energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces in the Federal Register on January 15, 2016. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to the direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule. Therefore, DOE provides this notice confirming adoption of the energy conservation standards established in the direct final rule and announcing the effective date of those standards.
2016-05-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionVariable Annual Fee Structure for Small Modular ReactorsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its licensing, inspection, and annual fee regulations to establish a variable annual fee structure for light-water small modular reactors (SMR). Under the variable annual fee structure, an SMR's...2016-11975"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-11975.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-11975/variable-annual-fee-structure-for-small-modular-reactorsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its licensing, inspection, and annual fee regulations to establish a variable annual fee structure for light-water small modular reactors (SMR). Under the variable annual fee structure, an SMR's annual fee would be calculated as a function of its licensed thermal power rating. This fee methodology complies with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90).
2016-05-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Battery ChargersOn August 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NOPR'') to amend the test procedure for battery chargers. This final rule is based on that NOPR. The final rule amends the current test procedure,...2016-11486"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11486.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/20/2016-11486/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-battery-chargersOn August 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NOPR'') to amend the test procedure for battery chargers. This final rule is based on that NOPR. The final rule amends the current test procedure, incorporating changes that will take effect 30 days after the final rule publication date. These changes will be mandatory for product testing to demonstrate compliance with any future energy conservation standards that DOE may adopt and for any representations made regarding the energy consumption or energy efficiency of battery chargers starting 180 days after publication of this rule. In summary, these changes update the battery selection criteria for multi-voltage, multi-capacity battery chargers, harmonize the instrumentation resolution and uncertainty requirements with the second edition of the International Electrotechnical Commission (``IEC'') 62301 standard for measuring standby power, define and exclude back-up battery chargers from the testing requirements of this rulemaking, outline provisions for conditioning lead acid batteries, specify sampling and certification requirements for compliance with future energy conservation standards, and correct typographical errors in the current test procedure.
2016-05-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for CompressorsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. EPCA also authorizes DOE to establish standards for certain other...2016-11337"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11337.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/19/2016-11337/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-compressorsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. EPCA also authorizes DOE to establish standards for certain other types of industrial equipment, including compressors. Such standards must be technologically feasible and economically justified, and must save a significant amount of energy. In this document, DOE proposes energy conservation standards for compressors and announces a public meeting to receive comment on the proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
2016-05-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps; WithdrawalThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) withdraws its proposal for establishing test procedures for high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps in light of the fact that DOE published a final determination on December 9, 2015 concluding that energy conservation...2016-11912"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11912.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/19/2016-11912/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-high-intensity-discharge-lamps-withdrawalThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) withdraws its proposal for establishing test procedures for high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps in light of the fact that DOE published a final determination on December 9, 2015 concluding that energy conservation standards for HID lamps are not justified, thereby negating the need for an HID test procedure.
2016-05-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Uninterruptible Power SuppliesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to revise its battery charger test procedure established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. These proposed revisions, if adopted, will add a discrete test procedure for...2016-11205"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11205.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/19/2016-11205/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-uninterruptible-power-suppliesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to revise its battery charger test procedure established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. These proposed revisions, if adopted, will add a discrete test procedure for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) to the current battery charger test procedure.
2016-05-19Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionGeneric Determinations Regarding the Environmental Impacts of Spent Fuel Storage and Disposal When Considering Nuclear Power Reactor License ApplicationsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying two petitions for rulemaking (PRMs), PRM-51-30 and PRM-51-31, submitted by Diane Curran on behalf of 34 environmental organizations (the petitioners). The petitioners request that the NRC revise...2016-11820"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11820.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/19/2016-11820/generic-determinations-regarding-the-environmental-impacts-of-spent-fuel-storage-and-disposal-whenThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying two petitions for rulemaking (PRMs), PRM-51-30 and PRM-51-31, submitted by Diane Curran on behalf of 34 environmental organizations (the petitioners). The petitioners request that the NRC revise certain regulations that concern the environmental impacts of spent fuel storage and disposal for nuclear power plant license applications. The NRC is denying the petitions because they provide an insufficient basis to consider a rulemaking to revise such regulations.
2016-05-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Certification and Enforcement-Import Data Collection; Notice of Reopening of Comment PeriodOn December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in the Federal Register proposing that a person importing into the United States any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy...2016-11468"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/pdf/2016-11468.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/2016-11468/energy-conservation-program-certification-and-enforcement-import-data-collection-notice-of-reopeningOn December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in the Federal Register proposing that a person importing into the United States any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy conservation standard provide, prior to importation, a certification of admissibility to the DOE. DOE is reopening the comment period until June 15, 2016, to provide interested parties with additional time to submit comments.
2016-05-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Exempt External Power Supplies Under the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to exempt certain types of external power supplies consistent with the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014. That proposal, which serves as the basis for this...2016-11469"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/pdf/2016-11469.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/2016-11469/energy-conservation-program-exempt-external-power-supplies-under-the-eps-service-parts-act-of-2014On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to exempt certain types of external power supplies consistent with the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014. That proposal, which serves as the basis for this final rule, explained that the Act exempted certain EPSs made available by a manufacturer as a service or spare part from the energy conservation standards promulgated in a February 2014 final rule. The proposal sought to codify this exemption and certain related reporting requirements. This rule adopts the November 2015 proposal along with related provisions to require manufacturers to annually report the total units of exempt EPSs shipped as service and spare parts that fail to meet the appropriate energy conservation standards.
2016-05-13RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionFuel-Cladding Issues in Postulated Spent Fuel Pool AccidentsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM or the petition), PRM-50-108, submitted by Mr. Mark Edward Leyse (the petitioner). The petitioner requested that the NRC require power reactor licensees to perform...2016-11212"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-13/pdf/2016-11212.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/13/2016-11212/fuel-cladding-issues-in-postulated-spent-fuel-pool-accidentsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM or the petition), PRM-50-108, submitted by Mr. Mark Edward Leyse (the petitioner). The petitioner requested that the NRC require power reactor licensees to perform evaluations to determine the potential consequences of various postulated spent fuel pool (SFP) accident scenarios. The evaluations would be required to be submitted to the NRC for informational purposes. The NRC is denying the petition because the NRC does not believe the information is needed for effective NRC regulatory decisionmaking with respect to SFPs or for public safety, environmental protection, or common defense and security.
2016-05-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedure for Commercial Water Heating EquipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its test procedures for commercial water heaters, unfired hot water storage tanks, and hot water supply boilers (henceforth, ``commercial water heating (CWH) equipment'') established under the...2016-09539"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/pdf/2016-09539.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/09/2016-09539/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipment-test-procedure-forThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its test procedures for commercial water heaters, unfired hot water storage tanks, and hot water supply boilers (henceforth, ``commercial water heating (CWH) equipment'') established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. In this NOPR, DOE proposes several changes, including: Updating references of industry test standards to incorporate by reference the most recent versions of the industry standards; proposing modifications to the existing test methods for certain classes of CWH equipment; developing new test procedures for determining the efficiency of unfired hot water storage tanks, commercial heat pump water heaters, and flow-activated instantaneous water heaters; proposing clarifications on test set-up and settings for various classes of CWH equipment; revising the certification requirements for CWH equipment; and proposing associated implementing regulations including definitions. DOE announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed test procedure amendments, and it also welcomes written comments and data from the public on all aspects of this proposal.
2016-05-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentNotice of Opportunity To Submit a Petition To Amend the Rule Establishing Procedures for Requests for Correction of Errors in RulesElsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') publishes a final rule establishing a new procedure through which an interested party can, within a 30-day period after DOE posts a rule...2016-10463"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10463.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/05/2016-10463/notice-of-opportunity-to-submit-a-petition-to-amend-the-rule-establishing-procedures-for-requestsElsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') publishes a final rule establishing a new procedure through which an interested party can, within a 30-day period after DOE posts a rule establishing or amending an energy conservation standard, identify a possible error in such a rule and request that DOE correct the error before the rule is published (``error correction rule''). By this notice, DOE provides an opportunity for the public to file petitions to amend the error correction rule.
2016-05-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsIn this document, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to prescribe new definitions, sampling provisions, and test procedures for compressors in a new subpart of DOE regulations. The proposed test procedure would provide instructions for...2016-10170"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10170.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/05/2016-10170/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsIn this document, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to prescribe new definitions, sampling provisions, and test procedures for compressors in a new subpart of DOE regulations. The proposed test procedure would provide instructions for determining the full-load package isentropic efficiency for certain fixed-speed compressors and the part-load package isentropic efficiency for certain variable-speed compressors based on test methods described in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard 1217:2009, ``Displacement compressors--Acceptance tests,'' (ISO 1217:2009). This document also proposes certain modifications and additions to ISO 1217:2009 to increase the specificity of certain testing methods and improve the repeatability of tested and measured values. In this notice, DOE also announces a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues presented in this notice of proposed rulemaking.
2016-05-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Establishment of Procedures for Requests for Correction of Errors in RulesThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') is establishing a procedure through which an interested party can, within a 30-day period after DOE posts a rule establishing or amending an energy conservation standard, identify a possible...2016-03190"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-03190.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/05/2016-03190/energy-conservation-program-establishment-of-procedures-for-requests-for-correction-of-errors-inThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') is establishing a procedure through which an interested party can, within a 30-day period after DOE posts a rule establishing or amending an energy conservation standard, identify a possible error in such a rule and request that DOE correct the error before the rule is published in the Federal Register.
2016-05-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged BoilersOn March 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for commercial packaged boiler energy conservation standards. This document announces an extension of the public comment...2016-10427"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10427.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/04/2016-10427/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-packaged-boilersOn March 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for commercial packaged boiler energy conservation standards. This document announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting comments on the NOPR or any other aspect of the rulemaking for commercial packaged boilers. The comment period is extended to June 22, 2016.
2016-04-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Clarification of Test Procedures for Fluorescent Lamps BallastsOn November 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to clarify the test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. DOE is issuing a final...2016-10012"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-29/pdf/2016-10012.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/29/2016-10012/energy-conservation-program-clarification-of-test-procedures-for-fluorescent-lamps-ballastsOn November 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to clarify the test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. DOE is issuing a final rule to replace all instances of ballast efficacy factor (BEF) with ballast luminous efficiency (BLE) in its regulations concerning fluorescent lamps ballasts and to add rounding instructions to the same section for BLE and power factor. DOE is also clarifying the represented value instructions for power factor. Finally, DOE is amending Appendix Q to clarify the lamp-ballast pairings for testing.
2016-04-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines; CorrectionOn January 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule amending energy conservation standards for bottled and refrigerated beverage vending machines (beverage vending machines). This correction addresses a technical error in that...2016-09555"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-25/pdf/2016-09555.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/25/2016-09555/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-refrigerated-bottled-or-cannedOn January 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule amending energy conservation standards for bottled and refrigerated beverage vending machines (beverage vending machines). This correction addresses a technical error in that final rule.
2016-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings for the Circulator Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards and Test ProceduresThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Circulator Pumps Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.2016-09126"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-20/pdf/2016-09126.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/20/2016-09126/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meetings-for-theThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Circulator Pumps Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
2016-04-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Matter or Special Nuclear MaterialThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The proposed revisions would update and provide added clarity...2016-08885"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-19/pdf/2016-08885.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/19/2016-08885/procedures-for-determining-eligibility-for-access-to-classified-matter-or-special-nuclear-materialThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The proposed revisions would update and provide added clarity throughout the current rule, and streamline the process for resolving access authorization eligibility determinations. Additionally, DOE proposes to update references to DOE Offices and officials to reflect the current DOE organizational structure.
2016-04-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Determination of Portable Air Conditioners as a Covered Consumer ProductThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is classifying portable air conditioners (ACs) as a covered product under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. This classification is based on DOE's determination that portable ACs are a type of...2016-08891"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-18/pdf/2016-08891.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/18/2016-08891/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-and-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is classifying portable air conditioners (ACs) as a covered product under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. This classification is based on DOE's determination that portable ACs are a type of consumer product that meets the requisite criteria specified in EPCA. Specifically, DOE has determined that classifying portable ACs as a covered product is necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA, and that average U.S. household energy use by portable ACs is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.
2016-04-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings for the Dedicated Purpose Pool Pumps (DPPP) Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation StandardsThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the DPPP Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.2016-08886"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-18/pdf/2016-08886.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/18/2016-08886/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meetings-for-theThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the DPPP Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
2016-04-12RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionCyber Security at Fuel Cycle FacilitiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a final regulatory basis document to support a rulemaking that would amend its regulations by adopting new cyber security requirements for certain nuclear fuel cycle facility (FCF)...2016-08324"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-12/pdf/2016-08324.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/12/2016-08324/cyber-security-at-fuel-cycle-facilitiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a final regulatory basis document to support a rulemaking that would amend its regulations by adopting new cyber security requirements for certain nuclear fuel cycle facility (FCF) licensees in order to address safety, security, and safeguards consequences of concern. The NRC is not seeking public comments on this document. There will be an opportunity for formal public comment on the proposed rule when it is published in the Federal Register.
2016-04-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating EquipmentThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including direct heating equipment (DHE). EPCA also requires the...2016-08121"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-11/pdf/2016-08121.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/11/2016-08121/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-direct-heating-equipmentThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including direct heating equipment (DHE). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this document, DOE has tentatively determined that more stringent DHE standards would not be economically justified, and, thus, proposes not to amend its energy conservation standards for DHE.
2016-04-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Commercial Clothes Washers; CorrectionThe Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on December 3, 2014 revising the test procedure provisions for commercial clothes washers. DOE published another final rule on December 15, 2014 amending the energy...2016-08120"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-08/pdf/2016-08120.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/08/2016-08120/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-commercial-clothes-washers-correctionThe Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on December 3, 2014 revising the test procedure provisions for commercial clothes washers. DOE published another final rule on December 15, 2014 amending the energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers. This final rule correction amends the test procedure provisions for commercial clothes washers to clarify the applicability of the revised test procedures to the amended energy conservation standards. The correction also removes obsolete regulatory provisions.
2016-04-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Data Collection and Comparison With Forecasted Unit Sales of Five Lamp TypesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is informing the public of its collection of shipment data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide comparisons between actual and benchmark estimate unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough service lamps,...2016-07873"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-07/pdf/2016-07873.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/07/2016-07873/energy-conservation-program-data-collection-and-comparison-with-forecasted-unit-sales-of-five-lampThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is informing the public of its collection of shipment data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide comparisons between actual and benchmark estimate unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3- way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps) that are currently not subject to energy conservation standards. As the actual sales are not greater than 200 percent of the forecasted estimate for 2015 (i.e., the threshold triggering a rulemaking for an energy conservation standard) for rough service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps, DOE has determined that no regulatory action pertaining to such lamps is necessary at this time. However, DOE will continue to track sales data for these exempted lamps. As discussed in the results under section IV of this document, the actual unit sales for vibration service lamps are 272.5 percent of the benchmark unit sales estimate. Therefore, an accelerated energy conservation standard rulemaking for vibration service lamps must be completed by December 31, 2016. Relating to this activity, DOE has prepared, and is making available on its Web site, a spreadsheet showing the comparisons of anticipated versus actual sales, as well as the model used to generate the original sales estimates.
2016-04-04RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9, Revision 1; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on January 6, 2016, amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the...2016-07618"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07618.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/04/2016-07618/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-amendment-noThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on January 6, 2016, amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. The direct final rule inadvertently omitted Revision 1 to Amendment No. 8 (effective May 2, 2012, as corrected on November 16, 2012), to CoC No. 1014. This document is necessary to correct this omission.
2016-03-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged BoilersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer equipment and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial packaged boilers. EPCA also requires the...2016-06588"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-24/pdf/2016-06588.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/24/2016-06588/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-packaged-boilersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer equipment and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial packaged boilers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. DOE has tentatively concluded that more stringent standards are technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant additional conservation of energy. Therefore, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for commercial packaged boilers. This document also announces a public meeting to receive comment on the proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
2016-03-23Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2016The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees and, for the first time, the NRC is proposing to recover its costs when it responds...2016-06284"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-23/pdf/2016-06284.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/23/2016-06284/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2016The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees and, for the first time, the NRC is proposing to recover its costs when it responds to third-party demands for information in litigation where the United States is not a party (``Touhy requests''). These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees.
2016-03-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Pumps; CorrectionOn January 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule amending the test procedures for pumps. This correction addresses a technical error in that final rule.2016-06580"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-23/pdf/2016-06580.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/23/2016-06580/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-pumps-correctionOn January 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule amending the test procedures for pumps. This correction addresses a technical error in that final rule.
2016-03-22RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9, Revision 1The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of March 21, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2016. This direct final rule amended spent fuel storage regulations by...2016-06392"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-22/pdf/2016-06392.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/22/2016-06392/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-amendment-noThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of March 21, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2016. This direct final rule amended spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, to Certificate of Compliance No. 1014. Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, changes cooling time limits for thimble plug devices, removes certain testing requirements for the fabrication of Metamic HT neutron-absorbing structural material, and reduces certain minimum guaranteed values used in bounding calculations for this material. Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, also changes fuel definitions to classify certain boiling water reactor fuel within specified guidelines as undamaged fuel.
2016-03-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Certain Categories of General Service LampsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs) to support the ongoing energy conservation standards rulemaking. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes new test procedures...2016-04551"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-17/pdf/2016-04551.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/17/2016-04551/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-certain-categories-of-general-service-lampsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs) to support the ongoing energy conservation standards rulemaking. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes new test procedures for determining the initial lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, power factor, and standby mode power of GSLs that are not integrated light emitting diode (LED) lamps, compact florescent lamps (CFLs), or general service incandescent lamps (GSILs). DOE is also proposing clarifying references to the existing lamp test procedures and sampling plans for determining the represented values of integrated LED lamps, CFLs, and GSILs.
2016-03-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service LampsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including general service lamps (GSLs). EPCA also requires the...2016-04813"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-17/pdf/2016-04813.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/17/2016-04813/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-lampsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including general service lamps (GSLs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this notice, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for GSLs, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
2016-03-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Commercial Packaged BoilersThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the test procedure and applicable definitions for commercial packaged boilers, as well as modify the sampling plans for commercial packaged boilers in its regulations pertaining to energy efficiency...2016-05138"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-17/pdf/2016-05138.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/17/2016-05138/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipment-test-procedures-forThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the test procedure and applicable definitions for commercial packaged boilers, as well as modify the sampling plans for commercial packaged boilers in its regulations pertaining to energy efficiency programs for certain programs for commercial and industrial equipment. This rulemaking will fulfill DOE's statutory obligations to make its test procedure consistent with the applicable industry test procedure and to review its test procedures for covered equipment at least once every seven years. In this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), DOE proposes to incorporate by reference certain sections of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1500, ``2015 Standard for Performance Rating of Commercial Space Heating Boilers,'' and, in addition, incorporate amendments that clarify the coverage for field-constructed commercial packaged boilers and the applicability of DOE's test procedure and standards for this category of commercial packaged boilers, provide an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with fuel input rate greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, provide a conversion method to calculate thermal efficiency based on combustion efficiency testing for steam commercial packaged boilers with fuel input rate greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, modify the inlet and outlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers, establish limits on the ambient temperature and relative humidity conditions during testing, modify setup and instrumentation requirements to remove ambiguity, and standardize terminology and provisions for ``fuel input rate.'' This NOPR also announces a public meeting to discuss and invite comments, data, and information about the issues and proposed amendments presented in this test procedure rulemaking for commercial packaged boilers.
2016-03-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings for the Circulator Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards and Test ProceduresThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Circulator Pumps Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.2016-05917"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-16/pdf/2016-05917.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/16/2016-05917/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meetings-for-theThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Circulator Pumps Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
2016-03-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans: Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support DocumentOn January 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for ceiling fans energy conservation standards in the Federal Register. This document announces an extension of the public comment period for...2016-05824"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-15/pdf/2016-05824.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/15/2016-05824/energy-efficiency-program-for-consumer-products-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansOn January 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for ceiling fans energy conservation standards in the Federal Register. This document announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting comments on NOPR or any other aspect of the rulemaking for ceiling fans. The comment period is extended to April 14, 2016.
2016-03-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service LampsThis document announces a public webinar to review the shipments model used in the analysis of the General Service Lamp notice of proposed rulemaking.2016-05825"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-15/pdf/2016-05825.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/15/2016-05825/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-lampsThis document announces a public webinar to review the shipments model used in the analysis of the General Service Lamp notice of proposed rulemaking.
2016-03-14RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionPhysical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive MaterialOn March 19, 2013, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule that amended its regulations to establish security requirements for the use and transport of category 1 and category 2 quantities of radioactive material....2016-05260"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/pdf/2016-05260.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/14/2016-05260/physical-protection-of-category-1-and-category-2-quantities-of-radioactive-materialOn March 19, 2013, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule that amended its regulations to establish security requirements for the use and transport of category 1 and category 2 quantities of radioactive material. Specifically, the final rule provided reasonable assurance of preventing the theft or diversion of category 1 and category 2 quantities of radioactive material, and included security requirements for the transportation of irradiated reactor fuel that weighs 100 grams or less in net weight of irradiated fuel. In December 2014, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate directed the NRC to evaluate the effectiveness of the new regulations and determine whether the requirements are adequate to protect ``high-risk radiological material.'' In response to this mandate, the NRC is implementing a retrospective program review to provide an objective assessment of the new requirements and associated implementation guidance. This action seeks information that will be used in developing a report to Congress. The NRC plans to hold a series of public meetings to facilitate public participation. These meetings will consist of a public meeting and a series of webinar teleconferences, and the staff will publicly notice the date and times of these meetings. The staff is planning to conduct these meetings in March 2016.
2016-03-14Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 10The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec or applicant) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks''...2016-05709"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/pdf/2016-05709.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/14/2016-05709/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-certificateThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec or applicant) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 10 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. Amendment No. 10 adds new fuel classes to the contents approved for the loading of 16X16-pin fuel assemblies into a HI-STORM 100 Cask System; allows a minor increase in manganese in an alloy material for the system's overpack and transfer cask; clarifies the minimum water displacement required of a dummy fuel rod (i.e., a rod not filled with uranium pellets); and clarifies the design pressures needed for normal operation of forced helium drying systems. Additionally, Amendment No. 10 revises Condition No. 9 of CoC No. 1014 to provide clearer direction on the measurement of air velocity and modeling of heat distribution through the storage system.
2016-03-14RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 10The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec or applicant) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include...2016-05711"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/pdf/2016-05711.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/14/2016-05711/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-certificateThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec or applicant) HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 10 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. Amendment No. 10 adds new fuel classes to the contents approved for the loading of 16x16-pin fuel assemblies into a HI-STORM 100 Cask System; allows a minor increase in manganese in an alloy material for the system's overpack and transfer cask; clarifies the minimum water displacement required of a dummy fuel rod (i.e., a rod not filled with uranium pellets); and clarifies the design pressures needed for normal operation of forced helium drying systems. Additionally, Amendment No. 10 revises Condition No. 9 of CoC No. 1014 to provide clearer direction on the measurement of air velocity and modeling of heat distribution through the storage system. Each of these changes is described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2016-03-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentCoordination of Federal Authorizations for Electric Transmission Facilities; Notice of Public MeetingThis document announces that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public workshop to discuss the proposed rule for the coordination of federal authorizations for electric transmission facilities for the Integrated Interagency Pre-application...2016-04986"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-07/pdf/2016-04986.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/07/2016-04986/coordination-of-federal-authorizations-for-electric-transmission-facilities-notice-of-public-meetingThis document announces that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public workshop to discuss the proposed rule for the coordination of federal authorizations for electric transmission facilities for the Integrated Interagency Pre-application (IIP) process. The public workshop will include a presentation describing the proposed rule and will allow for questions and comments about and on the rule.
2016-03-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Certification and Enforcement-Import Data Collection; Notice of Extension of Comment PeriodOn December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing that a person importing into the United States any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy...2016-04829"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-07/pdf/2016-04829.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/07/2016-04829/energy-conservation-program-certification-and-enforcement-import-data-collection-notice-of-extensionOn December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing that a person importing into the United States any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy conservation standard provide, prior to importation, a certification of admissibility to the DOE. The comment period ended February 12, 2016. On February 17, 2016, after receiving several requests for additional time to prepare and submit comments, DOE reopened the comment period until February 29, 2016. At a public meeting held on February 19, 2016, DOE again received requests for additional time to prepare and submit comments. DOE is reopening the period for submitting comments until March 14, 2016.
2016-03-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionEnvironmental Qualification of Electrical EquipmentThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM) submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC), and Mr. Paul M. Blanch (collectively, the petitioners) on June 18, 2012. The petitioners requested...2016-05028"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-07/pdf/2016-05028.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/07/2016-05028/environmental-qualification-of-electrical-equipmentThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM) submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC), and Mr. Paul M. Blanch (collectively, the petitioners) on June 18, 2012. The petitioners requested that the NRC amend its regulations to clearly and unequivocally require the environmental qualification of all safety-related cables, wires, splices, connections and other ancillary electrical equipment that may be subjected to submergence and/or moisture intrusion during normal operating conditions, severe weather, seasonal flooding, and seismic events, and post-accident conditions, both inside and outside of a reactor's containment building. The NRC is denying this petition because the current regulations already address environmental qualification in both mild and design basis event conditions of electrical equipment located both inside and outside of the containment building that is important to safety, and the petition does not provide significant new or previously unconsidered information sufficient to justify rulemaking.
2016-03-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Supplemental Proposed Determination of Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products as Covered ProductsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to treat certain miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs), which include coolers and combination cooler refrigeration products, as covered products under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and...2016-04874"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-04/pdf/2016-04874.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/04/2016-04874/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-and-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipmentThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to treat certain miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs), which include coolers and combination cooler refrigeration products, as covered products under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. This supplemental proposed determination would modify DOE's initial proposed scope of those products that would be considered MREFs presented in its earlier proposed determinations. As part of this supplemental proposed determination, DOE is also proposing specific definitions of the product categories that would fall within the MREF product type. In addition, DOE is proposing to amend its current definitions for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers to help clarify the distinctions between the proposed covered product definitions for MREFs. The proposed amendments to these definitions (for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers) would not alter the scope or intent of the current definitions, other than for those products that would newly be covered as combination cooler refrigeration products.
2016-03-02Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionApproval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code CasesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference proposed revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) which would approve new, revised, and reaffirmed Code Cases published by the American...2016-04355"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-02/pdf/2016-04355.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/02/2016-04355/approval-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-code-casesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference proposed revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) which would approve new, revised, and reaffirmed Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This proposed action would allow nuclear power plant licensees, and applicants for construction permits, operating licenses, combined licenses, standard design certifications, standard design approvals and manufacturing licenses, to use the Code Cases listed in these draft RGs as alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection, and inservice testing of nuclear power plant components. These engineering standards are set forth in ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and ASME Operations and Maintenance Codes, which are currently incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations. The NRC is requesting comments on this proposed rule and on the draft versions of the three RGs proposed to be incorporated by reference. The NRC is also making available a related draft RG that lists Code Cases that the NRC has not approved for use. This draft RG will not be incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations.
2016-02-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings for the Dedicated Purpose Pool Pumps (DPPP) Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation StandardsThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the DPPP Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register. On July 30, 2015, ASRAC...2016-04321"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-04321.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/29/2016-04321/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meetings-for-theThe Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the DPPP Working Group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register. On July 30, 2015, ASRAC met and unanimously passed the recommendation to form a dedicated purpose pool pumps (DPPP) working group to meet and discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on proposed Federal rules that would apply to this equipment. The ASRAC Charter allowed for 3 months of working group meetings to establish the scope, metric, definitions, and test procedure for dedicated purpose pool pumps and decide on a path forward at that time. The working group met this requirement and now more time is required to discuss potential energy conservation standards for this equipment. On January 20, 2016, ASRAC met and recommended that the DPPP Working Group continue its work to develop and recommend potential energy conservation standards for this equipment. This notice announces the next series of meetings for this working group.
2016-02-22Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIncorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code CasesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss proposed amendments to its regulations to incorporate by reference seven recent editions and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes for...2016-03593"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-22/pdf/2016-03593.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/22/2016-03593/incorporation-by-reference-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-codes-and-code-casesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss proposed amendments to its regulations to incorporate by reference seven recent editions and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes for nuclear power plants, an ASME standard for quality assurance, and four ASME code cases. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss public comments on the proposed rule, in order to enhance the NRC's understanding of the comments.
2016-02-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Standby Mode and Off Mode for Microwave Ovens; CorrectionOn January 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule amending the test procedures for microwave ovens to include provisions for measuring standby mode and off mode power. On June 17, 2013, DOE published a final rule adopting...2016-03191"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-17/pdf/2016-03191.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/17/2016-03191/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-standby-mode-and-off-mode-forOn January 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule amending the test procedures for microwave ovens to include provisions for measuring standby mode and off mode power. On June 17, 2013, DOE published a final rule adopting energy conservation standards for microwave oven standby mode. This document addresses a drafting error in the June 2013 standards final rule, which referenced the incorrect provision for determining standby power for microwave ovens. Neither the error nor the correction in this document affect the substance of both the test procedure and energy conservation standards rulemakings or any of the conclusions reached in support of those final rules.
2016-02-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Certification and Enforcement-Import Data Collection; Notice of Public Meeting and Reopening of Comment PeriodOn December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing that a person importing into the United States any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy...2016-03092"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-17/pdf/2016-03092.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/17/2016-03092/energy-conservation-program-certification-and-enforcement-import-data-collection-notice-of-publicOn December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing that a person importing into the United States any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy conservation standard provide, prior to importation, a certification of admissibility to the DOE. The comment period ended February 12, 2016. After receiving several requests for additional time to prepare and submit comments, DOE has decided to reopen the period for submitting comments. In addition, DOE announces a public meeting and webinar regarding its proposal. DOE is reopening the comment period until February 29, 2016.
2016-02-17Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionAgency Procedures for Responding to Adverse Court Decisions and Addressing Funding ShortfallsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM) requesting that the NRC amend its rules of practice and procedure to establish procedures for responding to adverse court decisions and to annually report to the...2016-03254"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-17/pdf/2016-03254.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/17/2016-03254/agency-procedures-for-responding-to-adverse-court-decisions-and-addressing-funding-shortfallsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM) requesting that the NRC amend its rules of practice and procedure to establish procedures for responding to adverse court decisions and to annually report to the public each instance where the NRC does not receive ``sufficient funds reasonably necessary to implement in good faith its statutory mandates.'' The petition, dated October 22, 2015, was submitted by Mr. Jeffrey M. Skov (the petitioner). The petition was docketed by the NRC on November 10, 2015, and was assigned Docket Number PRM-2-15. The NRC is examining the issues raised in this petition to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is not requesting public comment on PRM-2-15 at this time.
2016-02-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Intent To Establish a Working Group for Circulator Pumps To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation StandardsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or, in context, ``the Department'') is giving notice of a public meeting and that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory...2016-01979"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-03/pdf/2016-01979.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/03/2016-01979/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-intent-to-establish-aThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or, in context, ``the Department'') is giving notice of a public meeting and that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (``ASRAC'') in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (``FACA'') and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (``NRA'') to negotiate proposed amended energy conservation standards for circulator pumps. The purpose of the working group will be to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule regarding definitions, test procedures, and energy conservation standards, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, as amended. The working group will consist of representatives of parties having a defined stake in the outcome of the proposed standards, and will consult as appropriate with a range of experts on technical issues. Per the ASRAC Charter, the working group is expected to make a concerted effort to negotiate a final term sheet by September 30, 2016.
2016-02-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentCoordination of Federal Authorizations for Electric Transmission FacilitiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal Authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to section 216(h) of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The proposed...2016-01641"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-02/pdf/2016-01641.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/02/2016-01641/coordination-of-federal-authorizations-for-electric-transmission-facilitiesThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal Authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to section 216(h) of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The proposed amendments are intended to improve the pre-application procedures and result in more efficient processing of applications.
2016-01-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Prerinse Spray ValvesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial prerinse spray valves (CPSVs). EPCA also...2016-00068"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-00068.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/27/2016-00068/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-commercial-prerinse-spray-valvesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial prerinse spray valves (CPSVs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more- stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE is adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves because DOE has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2016-01-27RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International, Inc., MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment Nos. 0-3, Revision 1The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of February 1, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2016-01547"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01547.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/27/2016-01547/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-inc-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of February 1, 2016, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International, Inc., MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Revision 1 to Amendment Nos. 0-3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Revision 1 to Amendment Nos. 0-3 to CoC No. 1031 makes changes to the Technical Specifications (TS), including correcting a typographical error in two actual boron loadings in TS 4.1.1(a), and revising the decay times in Tables B2-4 (for Amendment Nos. 0 and 1) and B2-5 (for Amendment Nos. 2 and 3) in Appendix B of the TSs for minimum additional decay time required for spent fuel assemblies that contain nonfuel hardware.
2016-01-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Boilers; CorrectionOn January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register that amended the energy conservation standards for residential boilers (81 FR 2319). Due to a drafting error, that document recited an...2016-01655"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01655.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/27/2016-01655/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-energy-conservation-standards-for-residentialOn January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register that amended the energy conservation standards for residential boilers (81 FR 2319). Due to a drafting error, that document recited an ambiguous/erroneous date for compliance with the amended standards at one place in the final rule's preamble. However, the compliance date was correctly provided in the DATES section, as well as the regulatory text. Nevertheless, in order to prevent any confusion, this final rule corrects this error.
2016-01-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for PumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III establishes the ``Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment.'' The...2016-00324"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-26/pdf/2016-00324.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/26/2016-00324/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-pumpsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III establishes the ``Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment.'' The covered equipment includes pumps. In this final rule, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) adopts new energy conservation standards for pumps. DOE has determined that the new energy conservation standards for pumps would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2016-01-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for PumpsOn April 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish new definitions and a new test procedure for pumps. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for this final rule. This final rule...2016-00039"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-25/pdf/2016-00039.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/25/2016-00039/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-pumpsOn April 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish new definitions and a new test procedure for pumps. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for this final rule. This final rule establishes a new test procedure for pumps, as well as associated definitions and parameters that establish the scope of applicability of the test procedure. Specifically, the pumps test procedure adopted in this final rule incorporates by reference the test procedure from the Hydraulic Institute (HI)--standard 40.6-2014, ``Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing''--with several clarifications and modifications, related to measuring the hydraulic power, shaft power, and electric input power of pumps, inclusive of electric motors and any continuous or non-continuous controls. The new pumps test procedure will be used to determine the constant load pump energy index (PEICL) for pumps sold without continuous or non-continuous controls and the variable load pump energy index (PEIVL) for pumps sold with continuous or non-continuous controls. The final rule incorporates certain recommendations made by the commercial and industrial pumps (CIP) Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC), as well as comments submitted by interested parties in response to the April 2015 pumps test procedure NOPR.
2016-01-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential BoilersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential boilers. EPCA also requires the U.S....2016-00025"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2016-00025.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/15/2016-00025/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-boilersThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential boilers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE is adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for residential boilers. It has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
2016-01-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Commercial Warm Air FurnacesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial...2015-33067"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2015-33067.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/15/2015-33067/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-industrial-equipment-energy-conservation-standards-for-smallThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces. EPCA also requires that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) periodically review and consider amending its standards for specified categories of industrial equipment, including commercial heating and air conditioning equipment, in order to determine whether more- stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and save a significant additional amount of energy. In this direct final rule, DOE is amending the energy conservation standards for both small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces after determining that the amended energy conservation standards being adopted for these equipment would result in the significant conservation of energy and be technologically feasible and economically justified.
2016-01-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures for Residential Furnaces and BoilersThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) amends its test procedure for residential furnaces and boilers established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. This rulemaking will fulfill DOE's obligation to review its test procedures for covered...2016-00040"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2016-00040.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/15/2016-00040/energy-conservation-program-for-consumer-products-test-procedures-for-residential-furnaces-andThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) amends its test procedure for residential furnaces and boilers established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. This rulemaking will fulfill DOE's obligation to review its test procedures for covered products at least once every seven years. The revisions include: Clarifying the components included in the burner electrical power input term (PE); adopting a method for determining whether a minimum draft factor can be applied, and how the conditions are to be verified; allowing optional measurement of condensate collection during establishment of steady state; updating references to the applicable installation and operating manual and providing clarifications when the installation and operation (I&O) manual does not specify test setup; clarifying the testing of units intended to be installed without a return duct; adopting a provision clarifying the testing of multi-position units; revising the required reporting precision for annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE); and adopting a verification method for determining whether a boiler incorporates an automatic means for adjusting water temperature and whether this design requirement functions as required.
2016-01-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Commercial Warm Air FurnacesThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial...2015-33069"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2015-33069.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/15/2015-33069/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-industrial-equipment-energy-conservation-standards-for-smallThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces. EPCA also requires that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) periodically review and consider amending its standards for specified categories of industrial equipment, including commercial heating and air-conditioning equipment, in order to determine whether more- stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and save a significant additional amount of energy. In this document, DOE proposes to amend the energy conservation standards for both small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in this Federal Register. If DOE receives an adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, DOE will publish a document withdrawing the direct final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule.
2016-01-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ceiling fans. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of...2015-33062"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-13/pdf/2015-33062.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/13/2015-33062/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ceiling fans. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this notice, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fans, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
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