Residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers, and consumer clothes dryers; Dish-washing machines of the household type (HS 842211); Household or laundry-type washing machines, incl. machines which both wash and dry; parts thereof (HS 8450); Environmental protection (ICS 13.020), Dishwashers (ICS 97.040.40), Laundry appliances (ICS 97.060)
Energy Conservation Program: Product Classes for Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers, and Consumer Clothes Dryers (9 page(s), in English)
Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment - On 30 October 2020 (G/TBT/N/USA/1505/Add.2) and 16 December 2020 (G/TBT/N/USA/1638/Add.2), the Department of Energy ("DOE") published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes ("short-cycle product classes"). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE proposes to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking ("NOPR").