Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver, 21881-21885 [2011-9475]

Download as PDF 21881 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices TABLE 5.1—TEST LOAD SIZES—Continued Container volume Minimum load cu. ft. ≥< Average load liter ≥< Maximum load 2.50–2.60 2.60–2.70 2.70–2.80 2.80–2.90 2.90–3.00 3.00–3.10 3.10–3.20 3.20–3.30 3.30–3.40 3.40–3.50 3.50–3.60 3.60–3.70 3.70–3.80 3.80–3.90 3.90–4.00 4.00–4.10 4.10–4.20 4.20–4.30 4.30–4.40 4.40–4.50 4.50–4.60 4.60–4.70 4.70–4.80 4.80–4.90 4.90–5.00 5.00–5.10 5.10–5.20 5.20–5.30 5.30–5.40 5.40–5.50 5.50–5.60 5.60–5.70 5.70–5.80 5.80–5.90 5.90–6.00 ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... lb 70.8–73.6 73.6–76.5 76.5–79.3 79.3–82.1 82.1–85.0 85.0–87.8 87.8–90.6 90.6–93.4 93.4–96.3 96.3–99.1 99.1–101.9 101.9–104.8 104.8–107.6 107.6–110.4 110.4–113.3 113.3–116.1 116.1–118.9 118.9–121.8 121.8–124.6 124.6–127.4 127.4–130.3 130.3–133.1 133.1–135.9 135.9–138.8 138.8–141.6 141.6–144.4 144.4–147.2 147.2–150.1 150.1–152.9 152.9–155.7 155.7–158.6 158.6–161.4 161.4–164.2 164.2–167.1 167.1–169.9 kg 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 lb 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 kg 10.50 10.90 11.30 11.70 12.10 12.50 12.90 13.30 13.70 14.10 14.60 15.00 15.40 15.80 16.20 16.60 17.00 17.40 17.80 18.20 18.70 19.10 19.50 19.90 20.30 20.70 21.10 21.50 21.90 22.30 22.80 23.20 23.60 24.00 24.40 lb 4.76 4.94 5.13 5.31 5.49 5.67 5.85 6.03 6.21 6.40 6.62 6.80 6.99 7.16 7.34 7.53 7.72 7.90 8.09 8.27 8.46 8.65 8.83 9.02 9.20 9.39 9.58 9.76 9.95 10.13 10.32 10.51 10.69 10.88 11.06 kg 6.75 6.95 7.15 7.35 7.55 7.75 7.95 8.15 8.35 8.55 8.80 9.00 9.20 9.40 9.60 9.80 10.00 10.20 10.40 10.60 10.80 11.00 11.20 11.40 11.60 11.90 12.10 12.30 12.50 12.70 12.90 13.10 13.30 13.50 13.70 3.06 3.15 3.24 3.33 3.42 3.52 3.61 3.70 3.79 3.88 3.99 4.08 4.17 4.26 4.35 4.45 4.54 4.63 4.72 4.82 4.91 5.00 5.10 5.19 5.28 5.38 5.47 5.56 5.65 5.75 5.84 5.93 6.03 6.12 6.21 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES NOTES: (1) All test load weights are bone dry weights. (2) Allowable tolerance on the test load weights are ±0.10 lbs (0.05 kg). (4) Representations. LG may make representations about the energy use of its clothes washer products for compliance, marketing, or other purposes only to the extent that such products have been tested in accordance with the provisions outlined above and such representations fairly disclose the results of such testing. (5) This waiver shall remain in effect consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). (6) This waiver is issued on the condition that the statements, representations, and documentary materials provided by the petitioner are valid. DOE may revoke or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic models’ true energy consumption characteristics. (7) This waiver applies only to those basic models set out in LG’s petition for waiver. Grant of this waiver does not VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR 430.62. Issued in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2011. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2011–9474 Filed 4–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. CW–019] Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver and application for interim waiver, notice of grant of interim waiver, and request for comments. AGENCY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) petition for waiver and application for SUMMARY: Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 21882 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices interim waiver (hereafter, ‘‘petition’’) from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of clothes washers. Today’s notice also grants an interim waiver of the clothes washer test procedure. Through this notice, DOE also solicits comments with respect to the Samsung petition. DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to the Samsung petition until, but no later than May 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number CW–019, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal:https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests @ee.doe.gov Include ‘‘Case No. CW–019’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J/ 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Please submit one signed original paper copy. Instructions: All submissions received should include the agency name and case number for this proceeding. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Portable Document Format (PDF), or text (American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII)) file format and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption. Wherever possible, include the electronic signature of the author. DOE does not accept telefacsimiles (faxes). Any person submitting written comments must also send a copy to the petitioner, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(d). The contact information for the petitioner is: Michael Moss, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 18600 Broadwick Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220. According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit two copies to DOE: One copy of the document including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document with the information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE will make its own VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure; (6) a date upon which such information might lose its confidential nature due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest. Docket: For access to the docket to review the background documents relevant to this matter, you may visit the U.S. Department of Energy, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., (Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program), Washington, DC 20024; (202) 586–2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Available documents include the following items: (1) This notice; (2) public comments received; (3) the petition for waiver and application for interim waiver; and (4) prior DOE waivers and rulemakings regarding similar clothes washer products. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE–2J, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–9611. E-mail: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov. I. Background and Authority Ms. Jennifer Tiedeman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–71, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103. Telephone: (202) 287–6111. E-mail: Jennifer.Tiedemanmailto:@hq.doe.gov. Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291– 6309, as codified), established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 major household appliances, which includes the clothes washers that are the focus of this notice.1 Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part B authorizes the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are reasonably designed to produce results which measure energy efficiency, energy use, or estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)). The test procedure for automatic and semiautomatic clothes washers is contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. The regulations set forth in 10 CFR part 430.27 contain provisions that enable a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered consumer products. A waiver will be granted by the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (the Assistant Secretary) if it is determined that the basic model for which the petition for waiver was submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or if the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Petitioners must include in their petition any alternate test procedures known to the petitioner to evaluate the basic model in a manner representative of its energy consumption. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). The Assistant Secretary may grant the waiver subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Waivers remain in effect pursuant to the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). The waiver process also allows the Assistant Secretary to grant an interim waiver from test procedure requirements to manufacturers that have petitioned DOE for a waiver of such prescribed test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(a)(2). An interim waiver remains in effect for 180 days or until DOE issues its determination on the petition for waiver, whichever is sooner. DOE may extend an interim waiver for an additional 180 days. 10 CFR 430.27(h). On December 23, 2010, DOE issued enforcement guidance on the application of recently granted waivers 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES for large-capacity clothes washers and announced steps to improve the waiver process and refrain from certain enforcement actions. This guidance can be found on DOE’s Web site at https:// www.gc.energy.gov/1661.htm. II. Application for Interim Waiver and Petition for Waiver On July 20, 2010, Samsung filed an initial petition for waiver and application for interim waiver from the test procedure applicable to automatic and semi-automatic clothes washers set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. In particular, Samsung requested a waiver to test its clothes washers with basket volumes greater than 3.8 cubic feet on the basis of the aforementioned residential test procedures, using a revised Table 5.1 which extends the range of container volumes beyond 3.8 cubic feet. This petition was granted on September 23, 2010.75 FR 57937. On February 11, 2011, Samsung filed the instant petition for waiver and application for interim waiver to expand the number of models subject to the alternative test procedure set forth in the company’s July 2010 petition for waiver. Samsung’s current petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure because the mass of the test load used in the procedure, which is based on the basket volume of the test unit, is currently not defined for basket sizes greater than 3.8 cubic feet. Samsung manufactures basic models with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet, and it is for these basic models that Samsung seeks a waiver from DOE’s test procedure. Table 5.1 of Appendix J1 defines the test load sizes used in the test procedure as linear functions of the basket volume. Samsung requests that DOE grant a waiver for testing and rating based on a revised Table 5.1, the same table as set forth in the interim waiver granted to Samsung on September 23, 2010. 75 FR 57937. The table is identical to the Table 5.1 found in DOE’s recently published clothes washer test procedure Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). 75 FR 57556 (September 21, 1010). An interim waiver may be granted if it is determined that the applicant will experience economic hardship if the application for interim waiver is denied, if it appears likely that the petition for waiver will be granted, and/or the Assistant Secretary determines that it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. (10 CFR 430.27(g)). DOE has determined that Samsung’s application VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 for interim waiver does not provide sufficient market, equipment price, shipments, and other manufacturer impact information to permit DOE to evaluate the economic hardship Samsung might experience absent a favorable determination on its application for interim waiver. Previously, however, DOE granted an interim test procedure waiver to Whirlpool for three of Whirlpool’s clothes washer models with container capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet. 71 FR 48913 (August 22, 2006). The notice contained an alternate test procedure, which extended the linear relationship between maximum test load size and clothes washer container volume in Table 5.1 to include a maximum test load size of 15.4 pounds (lbs) for clothes washer container volumes of 3.8 to 3.9 cubic feet. DOE granted waivers to Whirlpool (75 FR 69653 (November 15, 2010)), General Electric Company (GE) (75 FR 76968 (December 10, 2010)), LG (76 FR 11233 (March 1, 2011)), and Electrolux (76 FR 11440 (March 2, 2011)) for products with capacities larger than currently specified in the test procedure. As stated above, DOE granted a previous interim waiver to Samsung on September 23, 2010. The current DOE test procedure specifies test load sizes only for machines with capacities up to 3.8 cubic feet, and DOE believes that extending the linear relationship between test load size and container capacity to larger capacities is valid. In addition, testing a basic model with a capacity larger than 3.8 cubic feet using the current procedure could evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. Based on these considerations, and the waivers granted to Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux and LG, it appears likely that the petition for waiver will be granted. As a result, DOE grants an interim waiver to Samsung for the basic models of clothes washers with container volumes greater than 3.8 cubic feet specified in its petition for waiver, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(g). DOE also provides for the use of an alternative test procedure extending the linear relationship between test load size and container capacity, described below. Therefore, it is ordered that: The application for interim waiver filed by Samsung is hereby granted for the specified Samsung clothes washer basic models, subject to the specifications and conditions below. 1. Samsung shall not be required to test or rate the specified clothes washer PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21883 products on the basis of the test procedure under 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix J1. 2. Samsung shall be required to test and rate the specified clothes washer products according to the alternate test procedure as set forth in section IV, ‘‘Alternate Test Procedure.’’ The interim waiver applies to the following basic model groups: WA5471 * * *, WA5461 * * *, WA5451 * * *, WA5441 * * *, WA5431 * * * DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may or may not be manufactured by the petitioner. Samsung may submit a new or amended petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional models of clothes washers for which it seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. In addition, DOE notes that grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR 430.62. III. Alternate Test Procedure EPCA requires that manufacturers use DOE test procedures to make representations about the energy consumption and energy consumption costs of products covered by the statute. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) Consistent representations are important for manufacturers to use in making representations about the energy efficiency of their products and to demonstrate compliance with applicable DOE energy conservation standards. Pursuant to its regulations applicable to waivers and interim waivers from applicable test procedures at 10 CFR 430.27, DOE will consider setting an alternate test procedure for Samsung in a subsequent Decision and Order. The alternate procedure approved today is intended to allow Samsung to make valid representations regarding its clothes washers with basket capacities larger than provided for in the current test procedure. This alternate test procedure is based on the expanded Table 5.1 of Appendix J1 that appears in DOE’s clothes washer test procedure NOPR.75 FR 57556 (September 21, 1010). During the period of the interim waiver granted in this notice, Samsung shall test its clothes washer basic models according to the provisions of 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix J1, except that the expanded Table 5.1 below shall be substituted for Table 5.1 of appendix J1. E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 21884 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices TABLE 5.1—TEST LOAD SIZES Container volume Minimum load cu. ft. ≥< Average load liter ≥< Maximum load 0–0.8 ............................ 0.80–0.90 ..................... 0.90–1.00 ..................... 1.00–1.10 ..................... 1.10–1.20 ..................... 1.20–1.30 ..................... 1.30–1.40 ..................... 1.40–1.50 ..................... 1.50–1.60 ..................... 1.60–1.70 ..................... 1.70–1.80 ..................... 1.80–1.90 ..................... 1.90–2.00 ..................... 2.00–2.10 ..................... 2.10–2.20 ..................... 2.20–2.30 ..................... 2.30–2.40 ..................... 2.40–2.50 ..................... 2.50–2.60 ..................... 2.60–2.70 ..................... 2.70–2.80 ..................... 2.80–2.90 ..................... 2.90–3.00 ..................... 3.00–3.10 ..................... 3.10–3.20 ..................... 3.20–3.30 ..................... 3.30–3.40 ..................... 3.40–3.50 ..................... 3.50–3.60 ..................... 3.60–3.70 ..................... 3.70–3.80 ..................... 3.80–3.90 ..................... 3.90–4.00 ..................... 4.00–4.10 ..................... 4.10–4.20 ..................... 4.20–4.30 ..................... 4.30–4.40 ..................... 4.40–4.50 ..................... 4.50–4.60 ..................... 4.60–4.70 ..................... 4.70–4.80 ..................... 4.80–4.90 ..................... 4.90–5.00 ..................... 5.00–5.10 ..................... 5.10–5.20 ..................... 5.20–5.30 ..................... 5.30–5.40 ..................... 5.40–5.50 ..................... 5.50–5.60 ..................... 5.60–5.70 ..................... 5.70–5.80 ..................... 5.80–5.90 ..................... 5.90–6.00 ..................... lb 0–22.7 22.7–25.5 25.5–28.3 28.3–31.1 31.1–34.0 34.0–36.8 36.8–39.6 39.6–42.5 42.5–45.3 45.3–48.1 48.1–51.0 51.0–53.8 53.8–56.6 56.6–59.5 59.5–62.3 62.3–65.1 65.1–68.0 68.0–70.8 70.8–73.6 73.6–76.5 76.5–79.3 79.3–82.1 82.1–85.0 85.0–87.8 87.8–90.6 90.6–93.4 93.4–96.3 96.3–99.1 99.1–101.9 101.9–104.8 104.8–107.6 107.6–110.4 110.4–113.3 113.3–116.1 116.1–118.9 118.9–121.8 121.8–124.6 124.6–127.4 127.4–130.3 130.3–133.1 133.1–135.9 135.9–138.8 138.8–141.6 141.6–144.4 144.4–147.2 147.2–150.1 150.1–152.9 152.9–155.7 155.7–158.6 158.6–161.4 161.4–164.2 164.2–167.1 167.1–169.9 kg 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 Lb 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 kg 3.00 3.50 3.90 4.30 4.70 5.10 5.50 5.90 6.40 6.80 7.20 7.60 8.00 8.40 8.80 9.20 9.60 10.00 10.50 10.90 11.30 11.70 12.10 12.50 12.90 13.30 13.70 14.10 14.60 15.00 15.40 15.80 16.20 16.60 17.00 17.40 17.80 18.20 18.70 19.10 19.50 19.90 20.30 20.70 21.10 21.50 21.90 22.30 22.80 23.20 23.60 24.00 24.40 lb 1.36 1.59 1.77 1.95 2.13 2.31 2.49 2.68 2.90 3.08 3.27 3.45 3.63 3.81 3.99 4.17 4.35 4.54 4.76 4.94 5.13 5.31 5.49 5.67 5.85 6.03 6.21 6.40 6.62 6.80 6.99 7.16 7.34 7.53 7.72 7.90 8.09 8.27 8.46 8.65 8.83 9.02 9.20 9.39 9.58 9.76 9.95 10.13 10.32 10.51 10.69 10.88 11.06 kg 3.00 3.25 3.45 3.65 3.85 4.05 4.25 4.45 4.70 4.90 5.10 5.30 5.50 5.70 5.90 6.10 6.30 6.50 6.75 6.95 7.15 7.35 7.55 7.75 7.95 8.15 8.35 8.55 8.80 9.00 9.20 9.40 9.60 9.80 10.00 10.20 10.40 10.60 10.80 11.00 11.20 11.40 11.60 11.90 12.10 12.30 12.50 12.70 12.90 13.10 13.30 13.50 13.70 1.36 1.47 1.56 1.66 1.75 1.84 1.93 2.02 2.13 2.22 2.31 2.40 2.49 2.59 2.68 2.77 2.86 2.95 3.06 3.15 3.24 3.33 3.42 3.52 3.61 3.70 3.79 3.88 3.99 4.08 4.17 4.26 4.35 4.45 4.54 4.63 4.72 4.82 4.91 5.00 5.10 5.19 5.28 5.38 5.47 5.56 5.65 5.75 5.84 5.93 6.03 6.12 6.21 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES NOTES: (1) All test load weights are bone dry weights. (2) Allowable tolerance on the test load weights are ±0.10 lbs (0.05 kg). IV. Summary and Request for Comments Through today’s notice, DOE announces receipt of Samsung’s petition for waiver from certain parts of the test procedure that apply to clothes washers and grants an interim waiver to Samsung. DOE is publishing Samsung’s petition for waiver in its entirety VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv). The petition contains no confidential information. The petition includes a suggested alternate test procedure to measure the energy consumption of clothes washers with capacities larger than the 3.8 cubic feet specified in the current DOE test procedure. DOE is interested in receiving comments from PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 interested parties on all aspects of the petition, including the suggested alternate test procedure and any other alternate test procedure. Pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv), any person submitting written comments to DOE must also send a copy to the petitioner, whose contact E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices (75 FR 71680), Whirlpool (75 FR 69653), General Electric (75 FR 57915), and Samsung (75 FR 57937). The nature of this Application for Interim Waiver and Petition for Waiver does not differ from Samsung’s original Application for Interim Waiver and Petition for Waiver as published in 75 FR 57937. information is included in the ADDRESSES section above. Issued in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2011. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. February 11, 2011 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Catherine Zoi, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Re: Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver, Clothes Washers Capacity Greater than 3.8 Cubic Feet Dear Assistant Secretary Zoi: Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung), respectfully submits this Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the testing of clothes washers with capacity greater than 3.8 cubic feet. The 10 CFR Part 430.27(a)(1) allows a person to submit a petition to waive for a particular basic model any requirements of § 430.23 upon the grounds that the basic model contains one or more design characteristics which either prevent testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. Additionally, 10 CFR Part 430.27(b)(2) allows an applicant to request an Interim Waiver if economic hardship and/or competitive disadvantage is likely to result absent a favorable determination on the Application for Interim Waiver. Reasoning In order to meet current market demands, Samsung designed and will be marketing clothes washers with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet. Samsung expects that the majority of Samsung clothes washers will be greater than 3.8 cubic feet in capacity. The current test procedure, Appendix J1 to Subpart B of Part 430, Table 5.1, does not contain load sizes for capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet, preventing Samsung from appropriately testing clothes washer models with capacity greater than 3.8 cubic feet. The Department recognized this test method deficiency in the Interim Waivers granted to Electrolux (75 FR 81258), LG VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 Conclusion On the grounds that current test methods for clothes washers will prevent Samsung from testing its new clothes washer models, and given that DOE had already granted Samsung an Interim Waiver in 75 FR 57937, Samsung requests that DOE expeditiously extend the expanded Table 5.1, as prescribed in 75 FR 57937, to the following Samsung clothes washer models: WA5471* WA5461* WA5451* WA5441* WA5431* * * * * * * * * * * Affected Persons Primarily affected persons in the clothes washers category include Alliance Laundry Systems, LLC., BSH Home Appliances Corp., Electrolux Home Products, Equator, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Inc., GE Appliances, Haier America Trading, L.L.C., LG Electronics Inc., Miele Appliances, Inc., and Whirlpool Corporation. Samsung will notify all these entities as required by the Department’s rules and provide them with a version of this Petition. A copy was also provided to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). Sincerely, Michael Moss Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs [FR Doc. 2011–9475 Filed 4–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 12758–003] BOST5 Hydroelectric Company, LLC; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Original Major License. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21885 b. Project No.: P–12758–003. c. Date filed: March 28, 2011. d. Applicant: BOST5 Hydroelectric Company, LLC (BOST5). e. Name of Project: Red River Lock & Dam No. 5 Hydroelectric Project. f. 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[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. CW-019]


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of 
Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the 
Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure, and 
Grant of Interim Waiver

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver and application for interim 
waiver, notice of grant of interim waiver, and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the Samsung 
Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) petition for waiver and application 
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interim waiver (hereafter, ``petition'') from specified portions of the 
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the 
energy consumption of clothes washers. Today's notice also grants an 
interim waiver of the clothes washer test procedure. Through this 
notice, DOE also solicits comments with respect to the Samsung 
petition.

DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to 
the Samsung petition until, but no later than May 19, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number CW-019, 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal:https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov Include ``Case No. 
CW-019'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J/1000 Independence Avenue, 
SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-2945. Please 
submit one signed original paper copy.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC 20024. Please submit one signed original paper 
copy.
    Instructions: All submissions received should include the agency 
name and case number for this proceeding. Submit electronic comments in 
WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Portable Document Format (PDF), or text 
(American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII)) file 
format and avoid the use of special characters or any form of 
encryption. Wherever possible, include the electronic signature of the 
author. DOE does not accept telefacsimiles (faxes).
    Any person submitting written comments must also send a copy to the 
petitioner, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(d). The contact information for 
the petitioner is: Michael Moss, Director of Corporate Environmental 
Affairs, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 18600 Broadwick Street, 
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.
    According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that 
he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public 
disclosure should submit two copies to DOE: One copy of the document 
including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy 
of the document with the information believed to be confidential 
deleted. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential 
status of the information and treat it according to its determination.
    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat 
submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the 
items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as 
confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is 
generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the 
information has previously been made available to others without 
obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the 
competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from 
public disclosure; (6) a date upon which such information might lose 
its confidential nature due to the passage of time; and (7) why 
disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest.
    Docket: For access to the docket to review the background documents 
relevant to this matter, you may visit the U.S. Department of Energy, 
950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., (Resource Room of the Building Technologies 
Program), Washington, DC 20024; (202) 586-2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Available 
documents include the following items: (1) This notice; (2) public 
comments received; (3) the petition for waiver and application for 
interim waiver; and (4) prior DOE waivers and rulemakings regarding 
similar clothes washer products. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the 
above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting 
the Resource Room.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE-2J, 
Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-9611. E-mail: 
Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov.

I. Background and Authority

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Ms. Jennifer Tiedeman, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC-71, Forrestal 
Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0103. 
Telephone: (202) 287-6111. E-mail: Jennifer.Tiedemanmailto:@hq.doe.gov.
    Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 
(EPCA), Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309, as codified), 
established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other 
Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances, 
which includes the clothes washers that are the focus of this 
notice.\1\ Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling 
provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require 
information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part B authorizes 
the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are 
reasonably designed to produce results which measure energy efficiency, 
energy use, or estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly 
burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)). The test procedure for 
automatic and semi-automatic clothes washers is contained in 10 CFR 
part 430, subpart B, appendix J1.
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    The regulations set forth in 10 CFR part 430.27 contain provisions 
that enable a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure 
requirements for covered consumer products. A waiver will be granted by 
the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (the 
Assistant Secretary) if it is determined that the basic model for which 
the petition for waiver was submitted contains one or more design 
characteristics that prevents testing of the basic model according to 
the prescribed test procedures, or if the prescribed test procedures 
may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its 
true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially 
inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Petitioners must include 
in their petition any alternate test procedures known to the petitioner 
to evaluate the basic model in a manner representative of its energy 
consumption. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). The Assistant Secretary may 
grant the waiver subject to conditions, including adherence to 
alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Waivers remain in effect 
pursuant to the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m).
    The waiver process also allows the Assistant Secretary to grant an 
interim waiver from test procedure requirements to manufacturers that 
have petitioned DOE for a waiver of such prescribed test procedures. 10 
CFR 430.27(a)(2). An interim waiver remains in effect for 180 days or 
until DOE issues its determination on the petition for waiver, 
whichever is sooner. DOE may extend an interim waiver for an additional 
180 days. 10 CFR 430.27(h).
    On December 23, 2010, DOE issued enforcement guidance on the 
application of recently granted waivers

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for large-capacity clothes washers and announced steps to improve the 
waiver process and refrain from certain enforcement actions. This 
guidance can be found on DOE's Web site at https://www.gc.energy.gov/1661.htm.

II. Application for Interim Waiver and Petition for Waiver

    On July 20, 2010, Samsung filed an initial petition for waiver and 
application for interim waiver from the test procedure applicable to 
automatic and semi-automatic clothes washers set forth in 10 CFR part 
430, subpart B, appendix J1. In particular, Samsung requested a waiver 
to test its clothes washers with basket volumes greater than 3.8 cubic 
feet on the basis of the aforementioned residential test procedures, 
using a revised Table 5.1 which extends the range of container volumes 
beyond 3.8 cubic feet. This petition was granted on September 23, 
2010.75 FR 57937. On February 11, 2011, Samsung filed the instant 
petition for waiver and application for interim waiver to expand the 
number of models subject to the alternative test procedure set forth in 
the company's July 2010 petition for waiver.
    Samsung's current petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test 
procedure because the mass of the test load used in the procedure, 
which is based on the basket volume of the test unit, is currently not 
defined for basket sizes greater than 3.8 cubic feet. Samsung 
manufactures basic models with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet, 
and it is for these basic models that Samsung seeks a waiver from DOE's 
test procedure.
    Table 5.1 of Appendix J1 defines the test load sizes used in the 
test procedure as linear functions of the basket volume. Samsung 
requests that DOE grant a waiver for testing and rating based on a 
revised Table 5.1, the same table as set forth in the interim waiver 
granted to Samsung on September 23, 2010. 75 FR 57937. The table is 
identical to the Table 5.1 found in DOE's recently published clothes 
washer test procedure Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). 75 FR 57556 
(September 21, 1010).
    An interim waiver may be granted if it is determined that the 
applicant will experience economic hardship if the application for 
interim waiver is denied, if it appears likely that the petition for 
waiver will be granted, and/or the Assistant Secretary determines that 
it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate 
relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. (10 CFR 
430.27(g)). DOE has determined that Samsung's application for interim 
waiver does not provide sufficient market, equipment price, shipments, 
and other manufacturer impact information to permit DOE to evaluate the 
economic hardship Samsung might experience absent a favorable 
determination on its application for interim waiver. Previously, 
however, DOE granted an interim test procedure waiver to Whirlpool for 
three of Whirlpool's clothes washer models with container capacities 
greater than 3.8 cubic feet. 71 FR 48913 (August 22, 2006). The notice 
contained an alternate test procedure, which extended the linear 
relationship between maximum test load size and clothes washer 
container volume in Table 5.1 to include a maximum test load size of 
15.4 pounds (lbs) for clothes washer container volumes of 3.8 to 3.9 
cubic feet. DOE granted waivers to Whirlpool (75 FR 69653 (November 15, 
2010)), General Electric Company (GE) (75 FR 76968 (December 10, 
2010)), LG (76 FR 11233 (March 1, 2011)), and Electrolux (76 FR 11440 
(March 2, 2011)) for products with capacities larger than currently 
specified in the test procedure. As stated above, DOE granted a 
previous interim waiver to Samsung on September 23, 2010.
    The current DOE test procedure specifies test load sizes only for 
machines with capacities up to 3.8 cubic feet, and DOE believes that 
extending the linear relationship between test load size and container 
capacity to larger capacities is valid. In addition, testing a basic 
model with a capacity larger than 3.8 cubic feet using the current 
procedure could evaluate the basic model in a manner so 
unrepresentative of its true energy consumption as to provide 
materially inaccurate comparative data. Based on these considerations, 
and the waivers granted to Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux and LG, it appears 
likely that the petition for waiver will be granted. As a result, DOE 
grants an interim waiver to Samsung for the basic models of clothes 
washers with container volumes greater than 3.8 cubic feet specified in 
its petition for waiver, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(g). DOE also 
provides for the use of an alternative test procedure extending the 
linear relationship between test load size and container capacity, 
described below. Therefore, it is ordered that:
    The application for interim waiver filed by Samsung is hereby 
granted for the specified Samsung clothes washer basic models, subject 
to the specifications and conditions below.
    1. Samsung shall not be required to test or rate the specified 
clothes washer products on the basis of the test procedure under 10 CFR 
part 430 subpart B, appendix J1.
    2. Samsung shall be required to test and rate the specified clothes 
washer products according to the alternate test procedure as set forth 
in section IV, ``Alternate Test Procedure.''
    The interim waiver applies to the following basic model groups: 
WA5471 * * *, WA5461 * * *, WA5451 * * *, WA5441 * * *, WA5431 * * *
    DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those 
models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may 
or may not be manufactured by the petitioner. Samsung may submit a new 
or amended petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, 
as appropriate, for additional models of clothes washers for which it 
seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. In addition, DOE notes that 
grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a petitioner from 
the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR 430.62.

III. Alternate Test Procedure

    EPCA requires that manufacturers use DOE test procedures to make 
representations about the energy consumption and energy consumption 
costs of products covered by the statute. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) 
Consistent representations are important for manufacturers to use in 
making representations about the energy efficiency of their products 
and to demonstrate compliance with applicable DOE energy conservation 
standards. Pursuant to its regulations applicable to waivers and 
interim waivers from applicable test procedures at 10 CFR 430.27, DOE 
will consider setting an alternate test procedure for Samsung in a 
subsequent Decision and Order.
    The alternate procedure approved today is intended to allow Samsung 
to make valid representations regarding its clothes washers with basket 
capacities larger than provided for in the current test procedure. This 
alternate test procedure is based on the expanded Table 5.1 of Appendix 
J1 that appears in DOE's clothes washer test procedure NOPR.75 FR 57556 
(September 21, 1010).
    During the period of the interim waiver granted in this notice, 
Samsung shall test its clothes washer basic models according to the 
provisions of 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix J1, except that the 
expanded Table 5.1 below shall be substituted for Table 5.1 of appendix 
J1.

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                                                               Table 5.1--Test Load Sizes
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                    Container volume                               Minimum load                    Maximum load                    Average load
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                 cu. ft.                       liter
---------------------------------------------------------       lb              kg              Lb              kg              lb              kg
                  >= <                         >= <
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0-0.8...................................          0-22.7            3.00            1.36            3.00            1.36            3.00            1.36
0.80-0.90...............................       22.7-25.5            3.00            1.36            3.50            1.59            3.25            1.47
0.90-1.00...............................       25.5-28.3            3.00            1.36            3.90            1.77            3.45            1.56
1.00-1.10...............................       28.3-31.1            3.00            1.36            4.30            1.95            3.65            1.66
1.10-1.20...............................       31.1-34.0            3.00            1.36            4.70            2.13            3.85            1.75
1.20-1.30...............................       34.0-36.8            3.00            1.36            5.10            2.31            4.05            1.84
1.30-1.40...............................       36.8-39.6            3.00            1.36            5.50            2.49            4.25            1.93
1.40-1.50...............................       39.6-42.5            3.00            1.36            5.90            2.68            4.45            2.02
1.50-1.60...............................       42.5-45.3            3.00            1.36            6.40            2.90            4.70            2.13
1.60-1.70...............................       45.3-48.1            3.00            1.36            6.80            3.08            4.90            2.22
1.70-1.80...............................       48.1-51.0            3.00            1.36            7.20            3.27            5.10            2.31
1.80-1.90...............................       51.0-53.8            3.00            1.36            7.60            3.45            5.30            2.40
1.90-2.00...............................       53.8-56.6            3.00            1.36            8.00            3.63            5.50            2.49
2.00-2.10...............................       56.6-59.5            3.00            1.36            8.40            3.81            5.70            2.59
2.10-2.20...............................       59.5-62.3            3.00            1.36            8.80            3.99            5.90            2.68
2.20-2.30...............................       62.3-65.1            3.00            1.36            9.20            4.17            6.10            2.77
2.30-2.40...............................       65.1-68.0            3.00            1.36            9.60            4.35            6.30            2.86
2.40-2.50...............................       68.0-70.8            3.00            1.36           10.00            4.54            6.50            2.95
2.50-2.60...............................       70.8-73.6            3.00            1.36           10.50            4.76            6.75            3.06
2.60-2.70...............................       73.6-76.5            3.00            1.36           10.90            4.94            6.95            3.15
2.70-2.80...............................       76.5-79.3            3.00            1.36           11.30            5.13            7.15            3.24
2.80-2.90...............................       79.3-82.1            3.00            1.36           11.70            5.31            7.35            3.33
2.90-3.00...............................       82.1-85.0            3.00            1.36           12.10            5.49            7.55            3.42
3.00-3.10...............................       85.0-87.8            3.00            1.36           12.50            5.67            7.75            3.52
3.10-3.20...............................       87.8-90.6            3.00            1.36           12.90            5.85            7.95            3.61
3.20-3.30...............................       90.6-93.4            3.00            1.36           13.30            6.03            8.15            3.70
3.30-3.40...............................       93.4-96.3            3.00            1.36           13.70            6.21            8.35            3.79
3.40-3.50...............................       96.3-99.1            3.00            1.36           14.10            6.40            8.55            3.88
3.50-3.60...............................      99.1-101.9            3.00            1.36           14.60            6.62            8.80            3.99
3.60-3.70...............................     101.9-104.8            3.00            1.36           15.00            6.80            9.00            4.08
3.70-3.80...............................     104.8-107.6            3.00            1.36           15.40            6.99            9.20            4.17
3.80-3.90...............................     107.6-110.4            3.00            1.36           15.80            7.16            9.40            4.26
3.90-4.00...............................     110.4-113.3            3.00            1.36           16.20            7.34            9.60            4.35
4.00-4.10...............................     113.3-116.1            3.00            1.36           16.60            7.53            9.80            4.45
4.10-4.20...............................     116.1-118.9            3.00            1.36           17.00            7.72           10.00            4.54
4.20-4.30...............................     118.9-121.8            3.00            1.36           17.40            7.90           10.20            4.63
4.30-4.40...............................     121.8-124.6            3.00            1.36           17.80            8.09           10.40            4.72
4.40-4.50...............................     124.6-127.4            3.00            1.36           18.20            8.27           10.60            4.82
4.50-4.60...............................     127.4-130.3            3.00            1.36           18.70            8.46           10.80            4.91
4.60-4.70...............................     130.3-133.1            3.00            1.36           19.10            8.65           11.00            5.00
4.70-4.80...............................     133.1-135.9            3.00            1.36           19.50            8.83           11.20            5.10
4.80-4.90...............................     135.9-138.8            3.00            1.36           19.90            9.02           11.40            5.19
4.90-5.00...............................     138.8-141.6            3.00            1.36           20.30            9.20           11.60            5.28
5.00-5.10...............................     141.6-144.4            3.00            1.36           20.70            9.39           11.90            5.38
5.10-5.20...............................     144.4-147.2            3.00            1.36           21.10            9.58           12.10            5.47
5.20-5.30...............................     147.2-150.1            3.00            1.36           21.50            9.76           12.30            5.56
5.30-5.40...............................     150.1-152.9            3.00            1.36           21.90            9.95           12.50            5.65
5.40-5.50...............................     152.9-155.7            3.00            1.36           22.30           10.13           12.70            5.75
5.50-5.60...............................     155.7-158.6            3.00            1.36           22.80           10.32           12.90            5.84
5.60-5.70...............................     158.6-161.4            3.00            1.36           23.20           10.51           13.10            5.93
5.70-5.80...............................     161.4-164.2            3.00            1.36           23.60           10.69           13.30            6.03
5.80-5.90...............................     164.2-167.1            3.00            1.36           24.00           10.88           13.50            6.12
5.90-6.00...............................     167.1-169.9            3.00            1.36           24.40           11.06           13.70            6.21
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Notes: (1) All test load weights are bone dry weights.
(2) Allowable tolerance on the test load weights are 0.10 lbs (0.05 kg).

IV. Summary and Request for Comments

    Through today's notice, DOE announces receipt of Samsung's petition 
for waiver from certain parts of the test procedure that apply to 
clothes washers and grants an interim waiver to Samsung. DOE is 
publishing Samsung's petition for waiver in its entirety pursuant to 10 
CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv). The petition contains no confidential 
information. The petition includes a suggested alternate test procedure 
to measure the energy consumption of clothes washers with capacities 
larger than the 3.8 cubic feet specified in the current DOE test 
procedure. DOE is interested in receiving comments from interested 
parties on all aspects of the petition, including the suggested 
alternate test procedure and any other alternate test procedure.
    Pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv), any person submitting written 
comments to DOE must also send a copy to the petitioner, whose contact

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information is included in the ADDRESSES section above.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2011.
Kathleen Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology 
Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
February 11, 2011
Catherine Zoi, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

Re: Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver, Clothes 
Washers Capacity Greater than 3.8 Cubic Feet

    Dear Assistant Secretary Zoi: Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a 
subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung), respectfully 
submits this Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver to 
the Department of Energy (DOE) for the testing of clothes washers with 
capacity greater than 3.8 cubic feet.
    The 10 CFR Part 430.27(a)(1) allows a person to submit a petition 
to waive for a particular basic model any requirements of Sec.  430.23 
upon the grounds that the basic model contains one or more design 
characteristics which either prevent testing of the basic model 
according to the prescribed test procedures, or the prescribed test 
procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative 
of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially 
inaccurate comparative data. Additionally, 10 CFR Part 430.27(b)(2) 
allows an applicant to request an Interim Waiver if economic hardship 
and/or competitive disadvantage is likely to result absent a favorable 
determination on the Application for Interim Waiver.

Reasoning

    In order to meet current market demands, Samsung designed and will 
be marketing clothes washers with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic 
feet. Samsung expects that the majority of Samsung clothes washers will 
be greater than 3.8 cubic feet in capacity. The current test procedure, 
Appendix J1 to Subpart B of Part 430, Table 5.1, does not contain load 
sizes for capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet, preventing Samsung 
from appropriately testing clothes washer models with capacity greater 
than 3.8 cubic feet. The Department recognized this test method 
deficiency in the Interim Waivers granted to Electrolux (75 FR 81258), 
LG (75 FR 71680), Whirlpool (75 FR 69653), General Electric (75 FR 
57915), and Samsung (75 FR 57937).
    The nature of this Application for Interim Waiver and Petition for 
Waiver does not differ from Samsung's original Application for Interim 
Waiver and Petition for Waiver as published in 75 FR 57937.

Conclusion

    On the grounds that current test methods for clothes washers will 
prevent Samsung from testing its new clothes washer models, and given 
that DOE had already granted Samsung an Interim Waiver in 75 FR 57937, 
Samsung requests that DOE expeditiously extend the expanded Table 5.1, 
as prescribed in 75 FR 57937, to the following Samsung clothes washer 
models:

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WA5471* * *
WA5461* * *
WA5451* * *
WA5441* * *
WA5431* * *
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Affected Persons

    Primarily affected persons in the clothes washers category include 
Alliance Laundry Systems, LLC., BSH Home Appliances Corp., Electrolux 
Home Products, Equator, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Inc., GE 
Appliances, Haier America Trading, L.L.C., LG Electronics Inc., Miele 
Appliances, Inc., and Whirlpool Corporation. Samsung will notify all 
these entities as required by the Department's rules and provide them 
with a version of this Petition. A copy was also provided to the 
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).

 Sincerely,

Michael Moss
Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs

[FR Doc. 2011-9475 Filed 4-18-11; 8:45 am]
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