Energy Labeling Rule, 46985-46993 [2014-18501]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations (1) If employed by a repair station located inside the United States, be appropriately certificated as a mechanic or repairman under part 65 of this chapter for the work being supervised. * * * * * ■ 8. Amend § 145.155 by revising paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows: Issued under authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 44701(a), and 44707 in Washington, DC, on July 14, 2014. Michael P. Huerta, Administrator. § 145.155 Inspection personnel requirements. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (a) * * * (2) Proficient in using the various types of inspection equipment and visual inspection aids appropriate for the article being inspected. * * * * * ■ 9. Amend § 145.157 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: 16 CFR Part 305 * * * * (d) Except for individuals employed by a repair station located outside the United States, only an employee appropriately certificated as a mechanic or repairman under part 65 is authorized to sign off on final inspections and maintenance releases for the repair station. ■ 12. Amend § 145.221 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES * Service difficulty reports. (a) A certificated repair station must report to the FAA within 96 hours after it discovers any failure, malfunction, or defect of an article. The report must be in a format acceptable to the FAA. * * * * * Jkt 232001 The amendments published in this Notice involve routine, technical and minor, or conforming changes to the labeling requirements in the Rule. These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the range and cost information required on EnergyGuide labels. Accordingly, the Commission finds for good cause that public comment for these technical, procedural amendments is impractical and unnecessary (5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A)(B) and (d)). Federal Trade Commission. Final rule. SUMMARY: § 145.213 Inspection of maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations. 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 The Commission issued the Energy Labeling Rule in 1979, 44 FR 66466 (Nov. 19, 1979) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (‘‘EPCA’’).1 The Rule covers several categories of major household appliances, including central air conditioners and heat pumps. It requires manufacturers of covered appliances to disclose specific energy consumption or efficiency information (derived from DOE test procedures) at the point-ofsale. In addition, each label must include a ‘‘range of comparability’’ indicating the highest and lowest energy consumption or efficiencies for comparable models. The Commission updates these ranges periodically. ACTION: Training requirements. VerDate Mar<15>2010 III. Administrative Procedure Act BILLING CODE 4910–13–P AGENCY: (a) A certificated repair station must have and use an employee training program approved by the FAA that consists of initial and recurrent training. An applicant for a repair station certificate must submit a training program for approval by the FAA as required by § 145.51(a)(7). * * * * * ■ 11. Amend § 145.213 by revising paragraph (d) to read as follows: § 145.221 I. Background [FR Doc. 2014–18938 Filed 8–11–14; 8:45 am] Energy Labeling Rule (a) A certificated repair station located inside the United States must ensure each person authorized to approve an article for return to service under the repair station certificate and operations specifications is appropriately certificated as a mechanic or repairman under part 65. * * * * * ■ 10. Amend § 145.163 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: § 145.163 The Federal Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) amends its Energy Labeling Rule (‘‘Rule’’) by publishing new ranges of comparability for required labels on central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces. DATES: The amendments announced in this document will become effective on January 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580 (202–326–2889). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 6, 2013 Federal Register Notice (78 FR 8362), the Commission issued new EnergyGuide label requirements to help consumers, distributors, contractors, and installers easily determine whether a specific furnace or central air conditioner meets applicable DOE regional efficiency standards. Among other things, these amendments revised labels for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces that will be required on January 1, 2015. In the 2013 Notice, the Commission did not publish updated comparability ranges for those products because energy data available at that time would likely become obsolete before the January 1, 2015 date. However, the Commission explained it would publish new ranges for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces, when more current data became available before 2015.2 That date serves as the effective date for the new FTC labels and the new comparability ranges for these products. In addition to publishing the new ranges, the Commission is updating the prototype and sample labels in the Rule to reflect these range changes. As discussed in a Federal Register Notice published this year, the Commission plans to address updates for other heating products, including boilers and non-weatherized furnaces, separately.3 [RIN 3084–AB03] § 145.157 Personnel authorized to approve an article for return to service. 46985 II. Range Updates for Central Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, and Weatherized Furnaces The Commission is updating the Rule’s ranges of comparability, based on current data, for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces, effective January 1, 2015. In a February 1 42 U.S.C. 6294. EPCA also requires the Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) to set minimum efficiency standards and develop test procedures to measure energy use. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act relating to a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis (5 U.S.C. 603– 604) are not applicable to this proceeding because the amendments do not impose any new obligations on entities regulated by the Energy Labeling Rule. These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the range information required on EnergyGuide labels. Thus, the amendments will not have a ‘‘significant economic impact on a 2 78 3 79 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM FR at 8365. FR 34642, 34652 (June 18, 2014). 12AUR1 46986 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations substantial number of small entities.’’ 4 The Commission has concluded, therefore, that a regulatory flexibility analysis is not necessary, and certifies, under Section 605 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), that the amendments announced today will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. V. Paperwork Reduction Act The current Rule contains recordkeeping, disclosure, testing, and reporting requirements that constitute information collection requirements as defined by 5 CFR 1320.3(c), the definitional provision within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). OMB has approved the Rule’s existing information collection requirements through May 31, 2017 (OMB Control No. 3084 0069). The amendments now being adopted do not change the substance or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting requirements and, therefore, do not require further OMB clearance. List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 305 Advertising, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Labeling, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons set out in the preamble of this document, the Federal Trade Commission amends 16 CFR part 305 as follows: PART 305—ENERGY AND WATER USE LABELING FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS UNDER THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT (‘‘ENERGY LABELING RULE’’) 1. The authority citation for part 305 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6294. 2. Revise Appendix G1 to Part 305 to read as follows: ■ Appendix G1 to Part 305—Furnaces— Gas Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Furnace Type Low Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces Manufactured Before the Compliance Date of DOE Regional Standards—All Capacities ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces Manufactured After the Compliance Date of DOE Regional Standards—All Capacities ............................................................................................................................................................. Weatherized Gas Furnaces Manufactured—All Capacities .................................................................................... 3. Revise Appendix G3 to Part 305 to read as follows: ■ High 78.0 96.6 80.0 81.0 98.5 95.0 Appendix G3 to Part 305—Furnaces— Oil Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type Low Non-Weatherized Oil Furnaces Manufactured Before the Compliance Date of DOE Regional Standards—All Capacities ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Weatherized Oil Furnaces Manufactured After the Compliance Date of DOE Regional Standards—All Capacities ................................................................................................................................................................. Weatherized Oil Furnaces—All Capacities ............................................................................................................. 4. Revise Appendix H to Part 305 to read as follows: ■ High 78.0 86.1 83.0 78.0 95.4 83.0 Appendix H to Part 305—Cooling Performance for Central Air Conditioners Range of SEER’s Manufacturer’s rated cooling capacity (Btu’s/hr) Low High Single Package Units Central Air Conditioners (Cooling Only): All capacities ......................................................................................... Heat Pumps (Cooling Function): All capacities ..................................................................................................... 13 13 20 18.1 13 13 26 30.5 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES Split System Units Central Air Conditioners (Cooling Only): All capacities ......................................................................................... Heat Pumps (Cooling Function): All capacities ..................................................................................................... 5. Revise Appendix I to Part 305 to read as follows: ■ 45 Appendix I to Part 305—Heating Performance for Central Air Conditioners U.S.C. 605. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 46987 Range of HSPF’s Manufacturer’s rated heating capacity (Btu’s/hr) Low High Single Package Units Heat Pumps (Heating Function): All capacities ....................................................................................................... 7.7 9.2 7.7 13.5 Split System Units Heat Pumps (Heating Function): All capacities ....................................................................................................... 6. Appendix L is amended as follows: ■ a. Prototype Labels 3 and 4 are revised. ■ b. Sample Label 7 is removed. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:43 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 c. Sample Labels 7A and 7B are redesignated as Sample Labels 7 and 7A and revised. ■ d. Sample Label 8 is removed. ■ e. Sample Label 8A is redesignated as Sample Label 8 and revised. The revisions read as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Appendix L to Part 305—Sample Labels * * * * BILLING CODE 6750–01–P E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 * 46988 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations M Corpantlioft ----10112 Aria! Narrow l!oti:l Mode!NHIS capacity: st,ooo BfD'b 1pt.l'llle----il-l.....l r - - - - - - - - - - - - , !:N_IIITOW_IIold_+--1..,.. 38 Efficiency Rating (SEER}" 14.7 •-------+-Arm-. -Narrow-1 : 1 pt.AriaiBold----!~--.... 3 pt. lUte 10 ptArial Narrow Bold 12pt lriang)e .2 pt. rule • ----1....__,... , .. ---+--+-• 1 ze.o For energy costinfo, visit .-+--Ari-at-~= productinfo.energy.gov MaArial~-----~~-11 pt.Arial~ 8112Aria1Narrow - - - + - - + - • 1a PtAriaiNIIITOWBold---+-11... Notice t411&.BAriaiNanow Federal law allows this unit to be installed only In: bold where !ndlcaled AK,AL.AR, CO, CT. DC, OE, FL. GA. HI,ID, IL, II\ IN, KS, I(Y, I.A, MA. ME, MD, Ml, MN, MO, MS. MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK. OR,.PA, Rl, SC, SD, TN; TX. UT, VA. VT, WA, WV. 11113.2 Mal Nall'OW 11 pt.Arial Nall'OW ---+-• ::NanowBold WI, WY. and U.S. territories. Federal law J)«lhhbit$inslallallond lhl$ unit in other elates. EftertY llllclemy RatiO (EER):lW$1d'$EERlt lOA ~-------------+-----BPI. AriaiNIIITOW Prototype Label3- Single-Package Central Air Conditioner (models manufactured after the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU14.022</GPH> pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES compliance date of DOE regional efficiency standards in 10 CFR part 430) Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 46989 1ptlllle---+-lll!o-~""----------.. Cooling ::Namlw-Bold-.-+--11...,. Efficiency Rating (SEER)" ... -------+---Arla- ::Bold 7pt.lrian!P---+--- 14.0-15.2 I 2ptrulti--.....,l---l!o10ptAIIIIINalfowBold 13.0 8/9.6Ada1Namlw 1Namlw-1:!:i 30.5 IJialiEllidilril ----12114 AdaiNarrQW on !be coil }'Our contractor Installs Mthlhls unit. The I.WEI&cilnl Range of Silllilar Models 11 pt. Arlal NlmiW 8112Arial Namlw ,....... ThiS system's efliaency r.~tings depend heating eflidency l<lting varies slighlty in dlffelent geographic regions. Ask your contractor for details. 'SeesoiW&e!W~R$ Heating Efficiency Rati.ng (HSPfl* 9.2-10.4 I U I 1U J.loisiErficienl IJialiElfloiolt For ene~gy cost illfo, viSit 4~-- 12114 productinfo.energy.gov Aria!Namlw Range of Similar Models •Hed!Q~~Fee~<~t Prototype Label 4 - Split-system Heat Pump (only for units manufactured on or after the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU14.023</GPH> pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES compliance date of DOE regional efficiency standards in 10 CFR part 430) 46990 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Government Federal Jaw prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase. Central Air Conditioner Cooling Only Split System XYZ Corporation Model HC47 Capacity 57,000 Btu/h Efficiency Rating (SEER)* 13.0-14.2 T'"T I I 13.0 ,......... This system's efficiency rating depends on the coil your contractor installs with this unit. Ask for details. 26.0 Least Efficient Most Efficient Range of Similar Models For energy cost info, visH productinfo.energy .gov • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio Notice The installed system must meet minimum federal regional efficiency standards. See productlnfo.energy.gov for certified coil combinations. Minimum Standards 14 12.2 0 AK, CO, CT, ID, IL, lA, IN, KS, MA, ME, Ml, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, Rl, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI/, WI, WY . Southeast II Al, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, U.S. Territories Southwest • Al., CA, NM, NV 11.7 . North t Unils wilt~ !aled oapacily of less !han 4MOO btulh tt Unils willl mled capacily equal to or greater !han 45,000 blulh Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER): could range from 11.41o 12.5, depending on !he coil installed with this unit Sample Label 7 - Split-system Central Air Conditioner (models manufactured after the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU14.024</GPH> pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES compliance date of DOE regional efficiency standards in 10 CFR part 430) Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Government 46991 Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase. EnER Central Air Conditioner Cooling Only Single Package XYZ Corporation Model NH65 Capacity: 59,000 Btu/h Efficiency Rating (SEER)'' 14.7 T For energy cost info, visit productinfo.energy .gov 20.0 13.0 Least Efflcient Most Efliolent Range of Similar Models • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio Notice Federal law allows this unit to be installed only in: AK, AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, • HI, ID, ll, lA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, . MD, Ml, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NO, ··-~·· NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, Rl, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY, and U.S. territories. Y" ...... Ill Installation allowed Federal law prohibits installation of this unit in other states. Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER): This unit's EER is 10.9. Sample Label 7A- Single-package Central Air Conditioner (models manufactured after the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU14.025</GPH> pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES compliance date of DOE regional efficiency standards in 10 CFR part 430) 46992 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Government Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase. EnER Heat Pump Cooling and Heating Split System XYZ Corporation Model6645 Heating Capacity 26,000 Btulh Cooling Capacity 25,000 Btulh Cooling Efficiency Rating (SEER)* 14.0-15.2 ....... I I I I I 13.0 30.5 Least Emcient Most Efficient Range of Similar Models • Seasonal Energy Emciency Ratio Heating Efficiency Rating (HSPF)* ~ This system's efficiency ratings depend on the coil your contractor installs wHh this unit. The heating efficiency rating varies slightly in different geographic regions. Ask your contractor for details. 9.2-10.4 I •• I I 7.7 13.5 Least Emcient Most Efficient For energy cost info, visit productinfo.energy.gov Range of Similar Models • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU14.026</GPH> pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES Sample Label 8 - Split-system Heat Pump (only for units manufactured on or after the compliance date of DOE regional efficiency standards in 10 CFR part 430) Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations * * * * * By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–18501 Filed 8–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–C DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 172 [Docket No. FDA–2012–F–0138] Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human Consumption; Vitamin D3 AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is amending the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of vitamin D3 as a nutrient supplement in meal replacement beverages that are not intended for special dietary use in reducing or maintaining body weight and for use in foods that are sole sources of nutrition for enteral feedings. We are taking this action in response to a petition filed by Abbott Laboratories (Abbott). DATES: This rule is effective August 12, 2014. See section VII ‘‘Objections’’ for further information on the filing of objections. Submit either electronic or written objections and requests for a hearing by September 11, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of August 12, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit either electronic or written objections and requests for a hearing identified by Docket No. FDA–2012–F–0138, by any of the following methods: SUMMARY: pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES Electronic Submissions Submit electronic objections in the following way: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Written Submissions Submit written objections in the following ways: • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA–305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name and Docket No. FDA–2012–F–0138 for this rulemaking. All objections received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting objections, see the ‘‘Objections’’ heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or objections received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the ‘‘Search’’ box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith Kidwell, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS–265), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740– 3835, 240–402–1071. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In the Federal Register of March 6, 2012 (77 FR 13232), FDA announced that Abbott Laboratories, 3300 Stelzer Rd., Columbus, OH 43219, had filed a food additive petition (FAP 2A4788). The petition proposed that FDA amend the food additive regulations in § 172.380 (21 CFR 172.380), Vitamin D3, to provide for the safe use of vitamin D3 as a nutrient supplement in meal replacement beverages and meal replacement bars that are not intended for special dietary use in reducing or maintaining body weight and for use in foods that are sole sources of nutrition for enteral tube feeding. After the document was published, Abbott amended the petition to exclude the proposed use of vitamin D3 in meal replacement bars. This final rule is a complete response to the petition. Abbott has requested that we amend § 172.380 to authorize the use of vitamin D3 as a nutrient supplement at levels not to exceed 500 International Units (IU) per 240 milliliters (mL) (prepared beverage) in meal replacement beverages that are not intended for special dietary use in reducing or maintaining body weight and that are represented for use such that the total amount of vitamin D3 provided by the product does not exceed 1,000 IU per day, and at levels not to exceed 1.0 IU per kilocalorie (kcal) in food represented for use as a sole source of nutrition for enteral feeding. Vitamin D comprises a group of fatsoluble seco-sterols and comes in many PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46993 forms. The two major physiologically relevant forms are vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Vitamin D without a subscript represents either vitamin D2 or vitamin D3 or both. Vitamin D is affirmed as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food as a nutrient supplement in § 184.1950(c)(1) (21 CFR 184.1950(c)(1)) in accordance with § 184.1(b)(2) (21 CFR 184.1(b)(2)), with the following specific limitations: Category of food Breakfast cereals ...... Grain products and pasta. Milk ............................ Milk products ............. Maximum levels in food (as served) 350 IU/100 grams (g). 90 IU/100 g. 42 IU/100 g. 89 IU/100 g. Additionally, under § 184.1950(c)(2) and (c)(3), vitamin D is affirmed as GRAS for use in infant formulas and margarine, respectively. Under § 172.380, vitamin D3 is approved for use as a food additive as a nutrient supplement in calcium-fortified fruit juices and fruit juice drinks; meal replacement and other type bars, soy protein-based meal replacement beverages represented for special dietary use in reducing or maintaining body weight; and cheese and cheese products as defined therein. Under § 172.379, vitamin D2 is approved for use as a food additive as a nutrient supplement in soy beverages, soy beverage products, soybased butter substitute spreads, and soybased cheese substitutes and soy-based cheese substitute products. Under § 172.381, vitamin D2 bakers yeast is approved for use as a food additive as a source of vitamin D2 and as a leavening agent in yeast-leavened baked goods and baking mixes and yeastleavened baked snack foods. Vitamin D is essential for human health. The major function of vitamin D is the maintenance of blood serum concentrations of calcium and phosphorus by enhancing the absorption of these minerals in the small intestine. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to abnormalities in calcium and bone metabolism, such as rickets in children or osteomalacia in adults. Excessive intake of vitamin D elevates blood plasma calcium levels (hypercalcemia) by increased intestinal absorption and/or mobilization from the bone. To ensure that vitamin D is not added to the U.S. food supply at levels that could raise safety concerns, FDA affirmed vitamin D as GRAS with specific limitations as listed in § 184.1950. Under § 184.1(b)(2), an ingredient affirmed as GRAS with E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 155 (Tuesday, August 12, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 46985-46993]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-18501]


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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

16 CFR Part 305

[RIN 3084-AB03]


Energy Labeling Rule

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its 
Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of 
comparability for required labels on central air conditioners, heat 
pumps, and weatherized furnaces.

DATES: The amendments announced in this document will become effective 
on January 1, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, Attorney, Division of 
Enforcement, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580 (202-326-
2889).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Commission issued the Energy Labeling Rule in 1979, 44 FR 66466 
(Nov. 19, 1979) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 
1975 (``EPCA'').\1\ The Rule covers several categories of major 
household appliances, including central air conditioners and heat 
pumps. It requires manufacturers of covered appliances to disclose 
specific energy consumption or efficiency information (derived from DOE 
test procedures) at the point-of-sale. In addition, each label must 
include a ``range of comparability'' indicating the highest and lowest 
energy consumption or efficiencies for comparable models. The 
Commission updates these ranges periodically.
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    \1\ 42 U.S.C. 6294. EPCA also requires the Department of Energy 
(``DOE'') to set minimum efficiency standards and develop test 
procedures to measure energy use.
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II. Range Updates for Central Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, and 
Weatherized Furnaces

    The Commission is updating the Rule's ranges of comparability, 
based on current data, for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and 
weatherized furnaces, effective January 1, 2015. In a February 6, 2013 
Federal Register Notice (78 FR 8362), the Commission issued new 
EnergyGuide label requirements to help consumers, distributors, 
contractors, and installers easily determine whether a specific furnace 
or central air conditioner meets applicable DOE regional efficiency 
standards. Among other things, these amendments revised labels for 
central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces that 
will be required on January 1, 2015. In the 2013 Notice, the Commission 
did not publish updated comparability ranges for those products because 
energy data available at that time would likely become obsolete before 
the January 1, 2015 date. However, the Commission explained it would 
publish new ranges for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and 
weatherized furnaces, when more current data became available before 
2015.\2\ That date serves as the effective date for the new FTC labels 
and the new comparability ranges for these products.
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    In addition to publishing the new ranges, the Commission is 
updating the prototype and sample labels in the Rule to reflect these 
range changes. As discussed in a Federal Register Notice published this 
year, the Commission plans to address updates for other heating 
products, including boilers and non-weatherized furnaces, 
separately.\3\
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    \3\ 79 FR 34642, 34652 (June 18, 2014).
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III. Administrative Procedure Act

    The amendments published in this Notice involve routine, technical 
and minor, or conforming changes to the labeling requirements in the 
Rule. These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the 
range and cost information required on EnergyGuide labels. Accordingly, 
the Commission finds for good cause that public comment for these 
technical, procedural amendments is impractical and unnecessary (5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(A)(B) and (d)).

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act relating to a 
Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis (5 U.S.C. 603-604) are not 
applicable to this proceeding because the amendments do not impose any 
new obligations on entities regulated by the Energy Labeling Rule. 
These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the range 
information required on EnergyGuide labels. Thus, the amendments will 
not have a ``significant economic impact on a

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substantial number of small entities.'' \4\ The Commission has 
concluded, therefore, that a regulatory flexibility analysis is not 
necessary, and certifies, under Section 605 of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), that the amendments announced today 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
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    \4\ 5 U.S.C. 605.
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V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The current Rule contains recordkeeping, disclosure, testing, and 
reporting requirements that constitute information collection 
requirements as defined by 5 CFR 1320.3(c), the definitional provision 
within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations that 
implement the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). OMB has approved the 
Rule's existing information collection requirements through May 31, 
2017 (OMB Control No. 3084 0069). The amendments now being adopted do 
not change the substance or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, 
or reporting requirements and, therefore, do not require further OMB 
clearance.

List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 305

    Advertising, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Labeling, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble of this document, the 
Federal Trade Commission amends 16 CFR part 305 as follows:

PART 305--ENERGY AND WATER USE LABELING FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS UNDER 
THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT (``ENERGY LABELING RULE'')

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1. The authority citation for part 305 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  42 U.S.C. 6294.


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2. Revise Appendix G1 to Part 305 to read as follows:

Appendix G1 to Part 305--Furnaces--Gas

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                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
              Furnace Type                            (AFUEs)
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                                                Low            High
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Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces                        78.0            96.6
 Manufactured Before the Compliance Date
 of DOE Regional Standards--All
 Capacities.............................
Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces                        80.0            98.5
 Manufactured After the Compliance Date
 of DOE Regional Standards--All
 Capacities.............................
Weatherized Gas Furnaces Manufactured--             81.0            95.0
 All Capacities.........................
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3. Revise Appendix G3 to Part 305 to read as follows:

Appendix G3 to Part 305--Furnaces--Oil

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                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Non-Weatherized Oil Furnaces                        78.0            86.1
 Manufactured Before the Compliance Date
 of DOE Regional Standards--All
 Capacities.............................
Non-Weatherized Oil Furnaces                        83.0            95.4
 Manufactured After the Compliance Date
 of DOE Regional Standards--All
 Capacities.............................
Weatherized Oil Furnaces--All Capacities            78.0            83.0
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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4. Revise Appendix H to Part 305 to read as follows:

Appendix H to Part 305--Cooling Performance for Central Air 
Conditioners

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                 Range of SEER's
 Manufacturer's rated cooling capacity  --------------------------------
               (Btu's/hr)                      Low             High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Single Package Units
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Central Air Conditioners (Cooling                    13             20
 Only): All capacities.................
Heat Pumps (Cooling Function): All                   13             18.1
 capacities............................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           Split System Units
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Central Air Conditioners (Cooling                    13             26
 Only): All capacities.................
Heat Pumps (Cooling Function): All                   13             30.5
 capacities............................
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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5. Revise Appendix I to Part 305 to read as follows:

Appendix I to Part 305--Heating Performance for Central Air 
Conditioners

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------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                  Range of HSPF's
  Manufacturer's rated heating capacity  -------------------------------
               (Btu's/hr)                       Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Single Package Units
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Heat Pumps (Heating Function): All                   7.7             9.2
 capacities.............................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           Split System Units
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Heat Pumps (Heating Function): All                   7.7            13.5
 capacities.............................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

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6. Appendix L is amended as follows:
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a. Prototype Labels 3 and 4 are revised.
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b. Sample Label 7 is removed.
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c. Sample Labels 7A and 7B are redesignated as Sample Labels 7 and 7A 
and revised.
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d. Sample Label 8 is removed.
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e. Sample Label 8A is redesignated as Sample Label 8 and revised.
    The revisions read as follows:

Appendix L to Part 305--Sample Labels

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    By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-18501 Filed 8-11-14; 8:45 am]
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