Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps, 8985 [2017-02136]

Download as PDF 8985 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 21 Thursday, February 2, 2017 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Parts 429 and 430 [Docket No. EERE–2016–BT–TP–0029] RIN 1904–AD71 Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date. AGENCY: This document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. DATES: Effective February 1, 2017, the effective date of the rule amending 10 CFR parts 429 and 430 published in the Federal Register at 82 FR 1426 on January 5, 2017, is delayed until March 21, 2017. The incorporation by reference of the publication listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 21, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ashley Armstrong, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–6590. Email: Ashey.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Johanna Jochum, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Phone: (202) 287–6307. Email: Johanna.Jochum@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 20, 2017, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff (‘‘Chief of Staff’’) issued a memorandum, published in the Federal Register on mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:35 Feb 01, 2017 Jkt 241001 January 24, 2017 (82 FR 8346), outlining the President’s plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of the new Administration. In implementation of one of the measures directed by that memorandum, the United States Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) hereby temporarily postpones the effective date of its final rule amending the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps (collectively, ‘‘CACs and HPs’’) published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017. See 82 FR 1426. The January 5 rule amends the test procedures and specific certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions related to CACs and HPs. Consistent with the memorandum, DOE is temporarily postponing the effective date of the final rule by 60 days, starting from January 20, 2017. The temporary 60-day delay in effective date is necessary to give DOE officials the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations, consistent with the Chief of Staff’s memorandum of January 20, 2017. To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553 applies to this action, it is exempt from notice and comment because it constitutes a rule of procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A). Alternatively, DOE’s implementation of this action without opportunity for public comment, effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, is based on the good cause exceptions in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 553(d)(3). Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), DOE has determined that good cause exists to forego the requirement to provide prior notice and an opportunity for public comment thereon for this rule as such procedures would be impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. DOE is temporarily postponing for 60 days the effective date of this regulation pursuant to the previously-noted memorandum of the Chief of Staff and is exercising no discretion in implementing this specific provision of the memorandum. As a result, seeking public comment on this delay is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. It is also impracticable given that the memorandum was issued on January 20, 2017, and the previous effective date of the rule at issue was February 6, 2017. For these same reasons DOE finds good cause to waive PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the 30-day delay in effective date provided for in 5 U.S.C. 553(d). Issued in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2017. John T. Lucas, Acting General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2017–02136 Filed 2–1–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Parts 429 and 431 [Docket No. EERE–2014–BT–TP–0054] RIN 1904–AD43 Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Compressors Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date. AGENCY: This document temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. DATES: Effective February 1, 2017, the effective date of the rule amending 10 CFR parts 429 and 431 published in the Federal Register at 82 FR 1052 on January 4, 2017, is delayed until March 21, 2017. The incorporation by reference of the publication listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 21, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ashley Armstrong, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–6590. Email: Ashey.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Mary Greene, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Phone: (202) 586–1817. Email: Mary.Greene@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 20, 2017, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff (‘‘Chief of Staff’’) issued a memorandum, published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (82 FR 8346), outlining the President’s plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02FER1.SGM 02FER1

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under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Parts 429 and 430

[Docket No. EERE-2016-BT-TP-0029]
RIN 1904-AD71


Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air 
Conditioners and Heat Pumps

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

ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date.

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SUMMARY: This document temporarily postpones the effective date of a 
recently published final rule amending the test procedures for central 
air conditioners and heat pumps.

DATES: Effective February 1, 2017, the effective date of the rule 
amending 10 CFR parts 429 and 430 published in the Federal Register at 
82 FR 1426 on January 5, 2017, is delayed until March 21, 2017. The 
incorporation by reference of the publication listed in this rule is 
approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 21, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ashley Armstrong, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies Office, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-6590. Email: 
Ashey.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Johanna Jochum, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., 
Washington, DC 20585-0121. Phone: (202) 287-6307. Email: 
Johanna.Jochum@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 20, 2017, the Assistant to the 
President and Chief of Staff (``Chief of Staff'') issued a memorandum, 
published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (82 FR 8346), 
outlining the President's plan for managing the Federal regulatory 
process at the outset of the new Administration. In implementation of 
one of the measures directed by that memorandum, the United States 
Department of Energy (``DOE'') hereby temporarily postpones the 
effective date of its final rule amending the test procedures for 
central air conditioners and heat pumps (collectively, ``CACs and 
HPs'') published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017. See 82 FR 
1426. The January 5 rule amends the test procedures and specific 
certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions related to CACs 
and HPs. Consistent with the memorandum, DOE is temporarily postponing 
the effective date of the final rule by 60 days, starting from January 
20, 2017. The temporary 60-day delay in effective date is necessary to 
give DOE officials the opportunity for further review and consideration 
of new regulations, consistent with the Chief of Staff's memorandum of 
January 20, 2017.
    To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553 applies to this action, it is 
exempt from notice and comment because it constitutes a rule of 
procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A). Alternatively, DOE's implementation 
of this action without opportunity for public comment, effective 
immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, is based on the 
good cause exceptions in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 553(d)(3). Pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), DOE has determined that good cause exists to forego 
the requirement to provide prior notice and an opportunity for public 
comment thereon for this rule as such procedures would be 
impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. DOE is 
temporarily postponing for 60 days the effective date of this 
regulation pursuant to the previously-noted memorandum of the Chief of 
Staff and is exercising no discretion in implementing this specific 
provision of the memorandum. As a result, seeking public comment on 
this delay is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. It is 
also impracticable given that the memorandum was issued on January 20, 
2017, and the previous effective date of the rule at issue was February 
6, 2017. For these same reasons DOE finds good cause to waive the 30-
day delay in effective date provided for in 5 U.S.C. 553(d).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2017.
John T. Lucas,
Acting General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2017-02136 Filed 2-1-17; 8:45 am]
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