Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Provisional Acceptance of a Settlement Agreement and Order, 11348-11351 [2017-03409]

Download as PDF 11348 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504–7923. Dated: February 16, 2017. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–03552 Filed 2–17–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION [Docket No. CPSC–2014–0033] Notice of Availability: Estimated Phthalate Exposure and Risk to Women of Reproductive Age as Assessed Using 2013/2014 NHANES Biomonitoring Data U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is announcing the availability of a document titled, ‘‘Estimated Phthalate Exposure and Risk to Women of Reproductive Age as Assessed Using 2013/2014 NHANES Biomonitoring Data.’’ DATES: Submit comments by March 24, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CPSC–2014– 0033, by any of the following methods: Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. The Commission does not accept comments submitted by electronic mail (email), except through www.regulations.gov. The Commission encourages you to submit electronic comments by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal, as described above. Written Submissions: Submit written submissions by mail/hand delivery/ courier to: Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504–7923. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. All comments received may be posted without change, including any personal identifiers, contact information, or other personal information provided, to: www.regulations.gov. Do not submit confidential business information, trade secret information, or other sensitive or protected information that you do not sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 want to be available to the public. If furnished at all, such information should be submitted in writing. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to: www.regulations.gov, and insert the docket number CPSC–2014–0033, into the ‘‘Search’’ box, and follow the prompts. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent R. Carlson, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Division of Toxicology & Risk Assessment, Directorate for Health Sciences, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850– 3213; email: kcarlson@cpsc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required the Commission to appoint a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to study the effects on children’s health of phthalates and phthalate alternatives in children’s toys and child care articles. Public Law 110–314, Section 108(b)(2)(A). The CHAP report is available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/ PageFiles/169902/CHAP-REPORT-WithAppendices.pdf. The CPSIA also required that the CHAP issue a report to the Commission and that the Commission conduct rulemaking based on the CHAP report. Id. Section 108(b)(2)(C); 108(b)(3). On December 30, 2014, the Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) that would prohibit children’s toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates. 79 FR 78324 (December 30, 2014). The CHAP assessed human exposure to phthalates, in part, through human biomonitoring analysis. Among the data sources the CHAP considered were data from the National Human Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES). See 79 FR at 78327. Specifically, the CHAP used biomonitoring data from the 2005/2006 NHANES data set. In June 2015, CPSC staff released a document, ‘‘Estimated Phthalate Exposure and Risk to Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age as Assessed Using Four NHANES Biomonitoring Data Sets (2005/2006, 2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2011/2012).’’ 1 The June 2015 analysis reviewed the 2005/2006 NHANES data set to replicate the CHAP’s methodology and reviewed the subsequent NHANES data sets from 2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2011/2012). On June 23, 2015, the Commission published a notice of availability (NOA) 1 The 2015 staff report is available at http:// www.cpsc.gov/Global/Regulations-Laws-andStandards/CPSIA/CHAP/NHANES-Biomonitoringanalysis-for-Commission.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in the Federal Register requesting public comment on the June 2015 staff analysis document. 80 FR 35938 (June 23, 2015). Since the June 2015 staff analysis, the Centers for Disease Control released the NHANES 2013/14 data set. In response to the release of the NHANES 2013/14 data set, CPSC staff has prepared a document reflecting the staff’s analysis of the NHANES 2013/2014 data set: ‘‘Estimated Phthalate Exposure and Risk to Women of Reproductive Age as Assessed Using 2013/2014 NHANES Biomonitoring Data.’’ The document is available on the Commission’s Web site at: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/ Estimated%20Phthalate%20Exposure %20and%20Risk%20to %20Women%20of%20Reproductive %20Age%20as%20Assessed%20Using %202013%202014%20NHANES %20Biomonitoring%20Data.pdf and from the Commission’s Office of the Secretary at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Commission invites comment on the document, ‘‘Estimated Phthalate Exposure and Risk to Women of Reproductive Age as Assessed Using 2013/2014 NHANES Biomonitoring Data.’’ Comments should be submitted by March 24, 2017. Information on how to submit comments can be found in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Dated: February 16, 2017. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission. [FR Doc. 2017–03455 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION [CPSC Docket No. 17–C0002] Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Provisional Acceptance of a Settlement Agreement and Order Consumer Product Safety Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: It is the policy of the Commission to publish settlements which it provisionally accepts under the Consumer Product Safety Act in the Federal Register in accordance with the terms of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s regulations. Published below is a provisionally-accepted Settlement Agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., containing a civil penalty in the amount of five million, eight hundred thousand dollars ($5,800,000) within thirty (30) days of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices service of the Commission’s final Order accepting the Settlement Agreement. DATES: Any interested person may ask the Commission not to accept this agreement or otherwise comment on its contents by filing a written request with the Office of the Secretary by March 9, 2017. ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to comment on this Settlement Agreement should send written comments to the Comment 17–C0002, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Room 820, Bethesda, Maryland 20814– 4408. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel R. Vice, Trial Attorney, Division of Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814–4408; telephone (301) 504–6996. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The text of the Agreement and Order appears below.1 Dated: February 16, 2017. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary. United States of America Consumer Product Safety Commission In the Matter of: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. CPSC Docket No.: 17–C0002 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT 1. In accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 2051– 2089 (‘‘CPSA’’) and 16 CFR 1118.20, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (‘‘Keurig’’) and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (‘‘Commission’’), through its staff, hereby enter into this Settlement Agreement (‘‘Agreement’’). The Agreement and the incorporated attached Order resolve staff’s charges set forth below. THE PARTIES sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 2. The Commission is an independent federal regulatory agency, established pursuant to, and responsible for, the enforcement of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2051–2089. By executing the Agreement, staff is acting on behalf of the Commission, pursuant to 16 CFR 1 The Commission voted (4–1) to provisionally accept the Settlement Agreement and Order regarding Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Commissioner Kaye, Commissioner Adler, Commissioner Robinson and Commissioner Mohorovic voted to provisionally accept the Settlement Agreement and Order. Acting Chairman Buerkle voted to reject the Settlement Agreement and Order. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 1118.20(b). The Commission issues the Order under the provisions of the CPSA. 3. Keurig is a corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the state of Delaware, with its executive offices in Waterbury, VT. STAFF CHARGES 4. Between December 2009 and December 2014, Keurig imported and offered for sale in the United States approximately 6.6 million Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems (model K10, previously identified as model B31) (‘‘Brewers’’ or ‘‘Subject Products’’). 5. The Brewer is a ‘‘consumer product’’ ‘‘distribut[ed] in commerce,’’ as those terms are defined or used in sections 3(a)(5) and (8) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(5) and (8). Keurig is a ‘‘manufacturer’’ of the Brewers, as such term is defined in section 3(a)(11) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(11). 6. The Brewers contain a defect which could create a substantial product hazard and create an unreasonable risk of serious injury because hot water, coffee, and coffee grounds can spray out of the Brewers, posing a burn hazard to consumers. 7. Between February 2010 and November 2014, Keurig received approximately 200 incident reports of hot water, coffee, and coffee grounds spraying out of the Brewers (‘‘Incidents’’). 8. In more than 100 of these Incidents, consumers suffered burn-related injuries to their faces, hands, and bodies. Some of these injuries resulted in severe burns, including second and thirddegree burns. Multiple consumers sought medical treatment for severe burns, including one consumer who was seen by a plastic surgeon. These severe burns included two reports of burns that resulted in facial scarring and three consumers who reported that Brewers sprayed them in the face with hot liquid, including one consumer who reported an eye injury. Keurig also paid two claims brought by consumers who were injured when the Brewers sprayed them with hot water, coffee, and coffee grounds. 9. On two occasions, Keurig was notified by a retailer of Incidents, including one that caused first-degree burns requiring medical attention. Each time, the retailer requested that Keurig undertake a product safety investigation and asked Keurig whether there were any potentially reportable safety concerns regarding the Brewers. Keurig did not immediately report to CPSC after learning of either of these Incidents. 10. In late June 2014, Keurig began an investigation of the Brewers. By late PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11349 August 2014, Keurig began to consider developing a splash guard to prevent consumers from being injured if Brewers expelled hot water, coffee or coffee grounds. 11. Firms may conduct a reasonably expeditious investigation, not normally exceeding 10 days, to evaluate their reporting obligations. See 16 CFR 1115.14(d). Keurig’s investigation took more than 4 months to complete. 12. Keurig delayed filing a Full Report with the Commission under 15 U.S.C. 2064(b), until November 25, 2014. 13. Keurig and the Commission jointly announced a recall of 6.6 million Brewers on December 23, 2014. 14. Despite having information reasonably supporting the conclusion that the Brewers contained a defect and created an unreasonable risk of serious injury, Keurig did not notify the Commission immediately of such defect or risk, as required by sections 15(b)(3) and (4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3) and (4), in violation of section 19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4). 15. Because the information in Keurig’s possession constituted actual and presumed knowledge, Keurig knowingly violated section 19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4), as the term ‘‘knowingly’’ is defined in section 20(d) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2069(d). 16. Pursuant to Section 20 of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2069, Keurig is subject to civil penalties for its knowing violation of section 19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4). RESPONSE OF KEURIG 17. The signing of this Agreement does not constitute an admission by Keurig of the staff’s charges in paragraphs 4 through 16, including, but not limited to, the charge that (a) the Brewers contained a defect that could create a substantial product hazard and created an unreasonable risk of serious injury; (b) the Firm failed to notify the Commission in a timely manner, in accordance with Sections 15(b)(3) and (4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3) and (4); (c) the Firm failed to furnish information required as required by sections 15(b)(3) and (4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3) and (4), in violation of section 19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4); and (d) there was any ‘‘knowing’’ violation of the CPSA as that term is defined in section 20(d) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2069(d). 18. The Firm conducted a reasonable, expeditious, and diligent investigation about consumer complaints relating to the Brewers after personnel monitoring customer reports noticed a slightly higher rate of Incidents. Due to the E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 11350 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES nature of the product, consumer report data can be difficult to evaluate, since the Brewers, like all coffeemakers, involve hot water, coffee, and steam, and necessarily include pressurebrewing to force water from the attached water tank through the K-Cup® portion pack and rapidly dispense it out of the Brewers and into a cup placed on the drip tray. 19. The voluntary recall of the Brewers, as well as the Section 15(b) reporting, by the Firm was conducted out of an abundance of caution and without the Firm having determined or concluded that the Brewers contained a defect or posed an unreasonable risk of serious injury. 20. The Firm enters into this Agreement to settle this matter without the delay and unnecessary expense of litigation. AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES 21. Under the CPSA, the Commission has jurisdiction over the matter involving the Brewers and over Keurig. 22. The parties enter into the Agreement for settlement purposes only. The Agreement does not constitute an admission by Keurig or a determination by the Commission that Keurig violated the CPSA’s reporting requirements. 23. In settlement of staff’s charges, and to avoid the cost, distraction, delay, uncertainty, and inconvenience of protracted litigation or other proceedings, Keurig shall pay a civil penalty in the amount of $5.8 million ($5,800,000) within thirty (30) calendar days after receiving service of the Commission’s final Order accepting the Agreement. All payments to be made under the Agreement shall constitute debts owing to the United States and shall be made by electronic wire transfer to the United States via http:// www.pay.gov, for allocation to, and credit against, the payment obligations of Keurig under this Agreement. Failure to make such payment by the date specified in the Commission’s final Order shall constitute Default. 24. All unpaid amounts, if any, due and owing under the Agreement, shall constitute a debt due and immediately owing by Keurig to the United States, and interest shall accrue and be paid by Keurig at the federal legal rate of interest set forth at 28 U.S.C. 1961(a) and (b) from the date of Default, until all amounts due have been paid in full (hereinafter ‘‘Default Payment Amount’’ and ‘‘Default Interest Balance’’). Keurig shall consent to a Consent Judgment in the amount of the Default Payment Amount and Default Interest Balance, and the United States, at its sole option, may collect the entire Default Payment VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 Amount and Default Interest Balance, or exercise any other rights granted by law or in equity, including, but not limited to, referring such matters for private collection, and Keurig agrees not to contest, and hereby waives and discharges, any defenses to, any collection action undertaken by the United States, or its agents or contractors, pursuant to this paragraph. Keurig shall pay the United States all reasonable costs of collection and enforcement under this paragraph, respectively, including reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses. 25. After staff receives this Agreement executed on behalf of Keurig, staff shall promptly submit the Agreement to the Commission for provisional acceptance. Promptly following provisional acceptance of the Agreement by the Commission, the Agreement shall be placed on the public record and published in the Federal Register, in accordance with the procedures set forth in 16 CFR 1118.20(e). If the Commission does not receive any written request not to accept the Agreement within fifteen (15) calendar days, the Agreement shall be deemed finally accepted on the 16th calendar day after the date the Agreement is published in the Federal Register, in accordance with 16 CFR 1118.20(f). 26. This Agreement is conditioned upon, and subject to, the Commission’s final acceptance, as set forth above, and it is subject to the provisions of 16 CFR 1118.20(h). Upon the later of: (i) the Commission’s final acceptance of this Agreement and service of the accepted Agreement upon Keurig, and (ii) the date of issuance of the final Order, this Agreement shall be in full force and effect, and shall be binding upon the parties. 27. Effective upon the later of: (i) the Commission’s final acceptance of the Agreement and service of the accepted Agreement upon Keurig, and (ii) and the date of issuance of the final Order, for good and valuable consideration, Keurig hereby expressly and irrevocably waives and agrees not to assert any past, present, or future rights to the following, in connection with the matter described in this Agreement: (i) an administrative or judicial hearing; (ii) judicial review or other challenge or contest of the Commission’s actions; (iii) a determination by the Commission of whether Keurig failed to comply with the CPSA and the underlying regulations; (iv) a statement of findings of fact and conclusions of law; and (v) any claims under the Equal Access to Justice Act. 28. Keurig shall develop, implement, and maintain a compliance program PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 designed to ensure compliance with the CPSA with respect to any consumer product imported, manufactured, distributed or sold by the Firm, and which shall contain the following elements: (i) written standards, policies and procedures, including those designed to ensure that information that may relate to or impact CPSA compliance (including information obtained by quality control personnel) is conveyed effectively to personnel responsible for CPSA compliance, whether or not an injury is referenced; (ii) a mechanism for confidential employee reporting of compliancerelated questions or concerns to either a compliance officer or to another senior manager with authority to act as necessary; (iii) effective communication of company compliance-related policies and procedures regarding the CPSA to all applicable employees through training programs or otherwise; (iv) the Firm’s senior management responsibility for, and general board oversight of, CPSA compliance; and (v) retention of all CPSA compliancerelated records for at least five (5) years, and availability of such records to staff upon request. 29. Keurig shall maintain and enforce a system of internal controls and procedures designed to ensure that, with respect to all consumer products imported, manufactured, distributed or sold by Keurig: (i) information required to be disclosed by Keurig to the Commission is recorded, processed and reported in accordance with applicable law; (ii) all reporting made to the Commission is timely, truthful, complete, accurate and in accordance with applicable law; and (iii) prompt disclosure is made to Keurig’s management of any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the design or operation of such internal controls that are reasonably likely to affect adversely, in any material respect, Keurig’s ability to record, process and report to the Commission in accordance with applicable law. 30. Upon reasonable request of staff, Keurig shall provide written documentation of its internal controls and procedures, including, but not limited to, the effective dates of the procedures and improvements thereto. Keurig shall cooperate fully and truthfully with staff and shall make available all non-privileged information and materials, and personnel deemed necessary by staff to evaluate Keurig’s compliance with the terms of the Agreement. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices 31. The parties acknowledge and agree that the Commission may publicize the terms of the Agreement and the Order. 32. Keurig represents that the Agreement: (i) is entered into freely and voluntarily, without any degree of duress or compulsion whatsoever; (ii) has been duly authorized; and (iii) constitutes the valid and binding obligation of Keurig, enforceable against Keurig in accordance with its terms. Keurig will not directly or indirectly receive any reimbursement, indemnification, insurance-related payment, or other payment in connection with the civil penalty to be paid by Keurig pursuant to the Agreement and Order. The individuals signing the Agreement on behalf of Keurig represent and warrant that they are duly authorized by Keurig to execute the Agreement. 33. The signatories represent that they are authorized to execute this Agreement. 34. The Agreement is governed by the laws of the United States. 35. The Agreement and the Order shall apply to, and be binding upon, Keurig and each of its successors, transferees, and assigns, and a violation of the Agreement or Order may subject Keurig, and each of its successors, transferees, and assigns, to appropriate legal action. 36. The Agreement and the Order constitute the complete agreement between the parties on the subject matter contained therein. 37. The Agreement may be used in interpreting the Order. Understandings, agreements, representations, or interpretations apart from those contained in the Agreement and the Order may not be used to vary or contradict their terms. For purposes of construction, the Agreement shall be deemed to have been drafted by both of the parties and shall not, therefore, be construed against any party, for that reason, in any subsequent dispute. 38. The Agreement may not be waived, amended, modified, or otherwise altered, except as in accordance with the provisions of 16 CFR 1118.20(h). The Agreement may be executed in counterparts. 39. If any provision of the Agreement or the Order is held to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable under present or future laws effective during the terms of the Agreement and the Order, such provision shall be fully severable. The balance of the Agreement and the Order shall remain in full force and effect, unless the Commission and Keurig agree in writing that severing the provision VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 materially affects the purpose of the Agreement and the Order. KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, INC. Dated: 2/2/17 By: lllllllllllllllllll Michael J. Degnan, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate General Counsel, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., 33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT 05676. Dated: 2/2/17 By: lllllllllllllllllll Christie Grymes Thompson, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Washington Harbour, Suite 400, 3050 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20007, Counsel to Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Mary T. Boyle, General Counsel. Mary B. Murphy, Assistant General Counsel. Dated: January 31, 2017 By: lllllllllllllllllll Daniel R. Vice, Trial Attorney, Division of Compliance, Office of the General Counsel. United States of America Consumer Product Safety Commission In the Matter of: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. CPSC Docket No.: 17–C0002 ORDER Upon consideration of the Settlement Agreement entered into between Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (‘‘Keurig’’), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (‘‘Commission’’), and the Commission having jurisdiction over the subject matter and over Keurig, and it appearing that the Settlement Agreement and the Order are in the public interest, it is: ORDERED that the Settlement Agreement be, and is, hereby, accepted; and it is FURTHER ORDERED that Keurig shall comply with the terms of the Settlement Agreement and shall pay a civil penalty in the amount of five million, eight hundred thousand dollars ($5,800,000) within thirty (30) days after service of the Commission’s final Order accepting the Settlement Agreement. The payment shall be made by electronic wire transfer to the Commission via: http://www.pay.gov. Upon the failure of Keurig to make the foregoing payment when due, interest on the unpaid amount shall accrue and be paid by Keurig at the federal legal rate of interest set forth at 28 U.S.C. 1961(a) and (b). If Keurig fails to make such payment or to comply in full with any other provision of the Settlement Agreement, such conduct will be PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11351 considered a violation of the Settlement Agreement and Order. Provisionally accepted and provisional Order issued on the 16th day of February, 2017. By order of the Commission lllllllllllllllllllll Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. [FR Doc. 2017–03409 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL00–95–288] San Diego Gas and Electric Company v. Sellers of Energy and Ancillary Services Into Markets Operated by the California Independent System Operator Corporation and the California Power Exchange; Notice of Compliance Filing Take notice that on February 13, 2016, Merchant Energy Services, Inc. submitted its Compliance Filing to Order on Rehearing of Opinion No. 536– C.1 Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public 1 San Diego Gas & Elec. Co. v. Sellers of Energy & Ancillary Servs., 158 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2017) (Opinion No. 536–C). E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

[CPSC Docket No. 17-C0002]


Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Provisional Acceptance of a 
Settlement Agreement and Order

AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: It is the policy of the Commission to publish settlements 
which it provisionally accepts under the Consumer Product Safety Act in 
the Federal Register in accordance with the terms of the Consumer 
Product Safety Commission's regulations. Published below is a 
provisionally-accepted Settlement Agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, 
Inc., containing a civil penalty in the amount of five million, eight 
hundred thousand dollars ($5,800,000) within thirty (30) days of

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service of the Commission's final Order accepting the Settlement 
Agreement.

DATES: Any interested person may ask the Commission not to accept this 
agreement or otherwise comment on its contents by filing a written 
request with the Office of the Secretary by March 9, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to comment on this Settlement Agreement 
should send written comments to the Comment 17-C0002, Office of the 
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, 
Room 820, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4408.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel R. Vice, Trial Attorney, 
Division of Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, Consumer Product 
Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-
4408; telephone (301) 504-6996.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  The text of the Agreement and Order appears 
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    \1\ The Commission voted (4-1) to provisionally accept the 
Settlement Agreement and Order regarding Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. 
Commissioner Kaye, Commissioner Adler, Commissioner Robinson and 
Commissioner Mohorovic voted to provisionally accept the Settlement 
Agreement and Order. Acting Chairman Buerkle voted to reject the 
Settlement Agreement and Order.

    Dated: February 16, 2017.
Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary.

United States of America

Consumer Product Safety Commission

    In the Matter of: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

CPSC Docket No.: 17-C0002

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

    1. In accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 
2051-2089 (``CPSA'') and 16 CFR 1118.20, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. 
(``Keurig'') and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission 
(``Commission''), through its staff, hereby enter into this Settlement 
Agreement (``Agreement''). The Agreement and the incorporated attached 
Order resolve staff's charges set forth below.

THE PARTIES

    2. The Commission is an independent federal regulatory agency, 
established pursuant to, and responsible for, the enforcement of the 
CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2051-2089. By executing the Agreement, staff is acting 
on behalf of the Commission, pursuant to 16 CFR 1118.20(b). The 
Commission issues the Order under the provisions of the CPSA.
    3. Keurig is a corporation, organized and existing under the laws 
of the state of Delaware, with its executive offices in Waterbury, VT.

STAFF CHARGES

    4. Between December 2009 and December 2014, Keurig imported and 
offered for sale in the United States approximately 6.6 million Keurig 
MINI Plus Brewing Systems (model K10, previously identified as model 
B31) (``Brewers'' or ``Subject Products'').
    5. The Brewer is a ``consumer product'' ``distribut[ed] in 
commerce,'' as those terms are defined or used in sections 3(a)(5) and 
(8) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(5) and (8). Keurig is a 
``manufacturer'' of the Brewers, as such term is defined in section 
3(a)(11) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(11).
    6. The Brewers contain a defect which could create a substantial 
product hazard and create an unreasonable risk of serious injury 
because hot water, coffee, and coffee grounds can spray out of the 
Brewers, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
    7. Between February 2010 and November 2014, Keurig received 
approximately 200 incident reports of hot water, coffee, and coffee 
grounds spraying out of the Brewers (``Incidents'').
    8. In more than 100 of these Incidents, consumers suffered burn-
related injuries to their faces, hands, and bodies. Some of these 
injuries resulted in severe burns, including second and third-degree 
burns. Multiple consumers sought medical treatment for severe burns, 
including one consumer who was seen by a plastic surgeon. These severe 
burns included two reports of burns that resulted in facial scarring 
and three consumers who reported that Brewers sprayed them in the face 
with hot liquid, including one consumer who reported an eye injury. 
Keurig also paid two claims brought by consumers who were injured when 
the Brewers sprayed them with hot water, coffee, and coffee grounds.
    9. On two occasions, Keurig was notified by a retailer of 
Incidents, including one that caused first-degree burns requiring 
medical attention. Each time, the retailer requested that Keurig 
undertake a product safety investigation and asked Keurig whether there 
were any potentially reportable safety concerns regarding the Brewers. 
Keurig did not immediately report to CPSC after learning of either of 
these Incidents.
    10. In late June 2014, Keurig began an investigation of the 
Brewers. By late August 2014, Keurig began to consider developing a 
splash guard to prevent consumers from being injured if Brewers 
expelled hot water, coffee or coffee grounds.
    11. Firms may conduct a reasonably expeditious investigation, not 
normally exceeding 10 days, to evaluate their reporting obligations. 
See 16 CFR 1115.14(d). Keurig's investigation took more than 4 months 
to complete.
    12. Keurig delayed filing a Full Report with the Commission under 
15 U.S.C. 2064(b), until November 25, 2014.
    13. Keurig and the Commission jointly announced a recall of 6.6 
million Brewers on December 23, 2014.
    14. Despite having information reasonably supporting the conclusion 
that the Brewers contained a defect and created an unreasonable risk of 
serious injury, Keurig did not notify the Commission immediately of 
such defect or risk, as required by sections 15(b)(3) and (4) of the 
CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3) and (4), in violation of section 19(a)(4) of 
the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4).
    15. Because the information in Keurig's possession constituted 
actual and presumed knowledge, Keurig knowingly violated section 
19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4), as the term ``knowingly'' 
is defined in section 20(d) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2069(d).
    16. Pursuant to Section 20 of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2069, Keurig is 
subject to civil penalties for its knowing violation of section 
19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4).

RESPONSE OF KEURIG

    17. The signing of this Agreement does not constitute an admission 
by Keurig of the staff's charges in paragraphs 4 through 16, including, 
but not limited to, the charge that (a) the Brewers contained a defect 
that could create a substantial product hazard and created an 
unreasonable risk of serious injury; (b) the Firm failed to notify the 
Commission in a timely manner, in accordance with Sections 15(b)(3) and 
(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3) and (4); (c) the Firm failed to 
furnish information required as required by sections 15(b)(3) and (4) 
of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3) and (4), in violation of section 
19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(4); and (d) there was any 
``knowing'' violation of the CPSA as that term is defined in section 
20(d) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. 2069(d).
    18. The Firm conducted a reasonable, expeditious, and diligent 
investigation about consumer complaints relating to the Brewers after 
personnel monitoring customer reports noticed a slightly higher rate of 
Incidents. Due to the

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nature of the product, consumer report data can be difficult to 
evaluate, since the Brewers, like all coffeemakers, involve hot water, 
coffee, and steam, and necessarily include pressure-brewing to force 
water from the attached water tank through the K-Cup[supreg] portion 
pack and rapidly dispense it out of the Brewers and into a cup placed 
on the drip tray.
    19. The voluntary recall of the Brewers, as well as the Section 
15(b) reporting, by the Firm was conducted out of an abundance of 
caution and without the Firm having determined or concluded that the 
Brewers contained a defect or posed an unreasonable risk of serious 
injury.
    20. The Firm enters into this Agreement to settle this matter 
without the delay and unnecessary expense of litigation.

AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES

    21. Under the CPSA, the Commission has jurisdiction over the matter 
involving the Brewers and over Keurig.
    22. The parties enter into the Agreement for settlement purposes 
only. The Agreement does not constitute an admission by Keurig or a 
determination by the Commission that Keurig violated the CPSA's 
reporting requirements.
    23. In settlement of staff's charges, and to avoid the cost, 
distraction, delay, uncertainty, and inconvenience of protracted 
litigation or other proceedings, Keurig shall pay a civil penalty in 
the amount of $5.8 million ($5,800,000) within thirty (30) calendar 
days after receiving service of the Commission's final Order accepting 
the Agreement. All payments to be made under the Agreement shall 
constitute debts owing to the United States and shall be made by 
electronic wire transfer to the United States via http://www.pay.gov, 
for allocation to, and credit against, the payment obligations of 
Keurig under this Agreement. Failure to make such payment by the date 
specified in the Commission's final Order shall constitute Default.
    24. All unpaid amounts, if any, due and owing under the Agreement, 
shall constitute a debt due and immediately owing by Keurig to the 
United States, and interest shall accrue and be paid by Keurig at the 
federal legal rate of interest set forth at 28 U.S.C. 1961(a) and (b) 
from the date of Default, until all amounts due have been paid in full 
(hereinafter ``Default Payment Amount'' and ``Default Interest 
Balance''). Keurig shall consent to a Consent Judgment in the amount of 
the Default Payment Amount and Default Interest Balance, and the United 
States, at its sole option, may collect the entire Default Payment 
Amount and Default Interest Balance, or exercise any other rights 
granted by law or in equity, including, but not limited to, referring 
such matters for private collection, and Keurig agrees not to contest, 
and hereby waives and discharges, any defenses to, any collection 
action undertaken by the United States, or its agents or contractors, 
pursuant to this paragraph. Keurig shall pay the United States all 
reasonable costs of collection and enforcement under this paragraph, 
respectively, including reasonable attorney's fees and expenses.
    25. After staff receives this Agreement executed on behalf of 
Keurig, staff shall promptly submit the Agreement to the Commission for 
provisional acceptance. Promptly following provisional acceptance of 
the Agreement by the Commission, the Agreement shall be placed on the 
public record and published in the Federal Register, in accordance with 
the procedures set forth in 16 CFR 1118.20(e). If the Commission does 
not receive any written request not to accept the Agreement within 
fifteen (15) calendar days, the Agreement shall be deemed finally 
accepted on the 16th calendar day after the date the Agreement is 
published in the Federal Register, in accordance with 16 CFR 
1118.20(f).
    26. This Agreement is conditioned upon, and subject to, the 
Commission's final acceptance, as set forth above, and it is subject to 
the provisions of 16 CFR 1118.20(h). Upon the later of: (i) the 
Commission's final acceptance of this Agreement and service of the 
accepted Agreement upon Keurig, and (ii) the date of issuance of the 
final Order, this Agreement shall be in full force and effect, and 
shall be binding upon the parties.
    27. Effective upon the later of: (i) the Commission's final 
acceptance of the Agreement and service of the accepted Agreement upon 
Keurig, and (ii) and the date of issuance of the final Order, for good 
and valuable consideration, Keurig hereby expressly and irrevocably 
waives and agrees not to assert any past, present, or future rights to 
the following, in connection with the matter described in this 
Agreement: (i) an administrative or judicial hearing; (ii) judicial 
review or other challenge or contest of the Commission's actions; (iii) 
a determination by the Commission of whether Keurig failed to comply 
with the CPSA and the underlying regulations; (iv) a statement of 
findings of fact and conclusions of law; and (v) any claims under the 
Equal Access to Justice Act.
    28. Keurig shall develop, implement, and maintain a compliance 
program designed to ensure compliance with the CPSA with respect to any 
consumer product imported, manufactured, distributed or sold by the 
Firm, and which shall contain the following elements:
    (i) written standards, policies and procedures, including those 
designed to ensure that information that may relate to or impact CPSA 
compliance (including information obtained by quality control 
personnel) is conveyed effectively to personnel responsible for CPSA 
compliance, whether or not an injury is referenced;
    (ii) a mechanism for confidential employee reporting of compliance-
related questions or concerns to either a compliance officer or to 
another senior manager with authority to act as necessary;
    (iii) effective communication of company compliance-related 
policies and procedures regarding the CPSA to all applicable employees 
through training programs or otherwise;
    (iv) the Firm's senior management responsibility for, and general 
board oversight of, CPSA compliance; and
    (v) retention of all CPSA compliance-related records for at least 
five (5) years, and availability of such records to staff upon request.
    29. Keurig shall maintain and enforce a system of internal controls 
and procedures designed to ensure that, with respect to all consumer 
products imported, manufactured, distributed or sold by Keurig: (i) 
information required to be disclosed by Keurig to the Commission is 
recorded, processed and reported in accordance with applicable law; 
(ii) all reporting made to the Commission is timely, truthful, 
complete, accurate and in accordance with applicable law; and (iii) 
prompt disclosure is made to Keurig's management of any significant 
deficiencies or material weaknesses in the design or operation of such 
internal controls that are reasonably likely to affect adversely, in 
any material respect, Keurig's ability to record, process and report to 
the Commission in accordance with applicable law.
    30. Upon reasonable request of staff, Keurig shall provide written 
documentation of its internal controls and procedures, including, but 
not limited to, the effective dates of the procedures and improvements 
thereto. Keurig shall cooperate fully and truthfully with staff and 
shall make available all non-privileged information and materials, and 
personnel deemed necessary by staff to evaluate Keurig's compliance 
with the terms of the Agreement.

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    31. The parties acknowledge and agree that the Commission may 
publicize the terms of the Agreement and the Order.
    32. Keurig represents that the Agreement: (i) is entered into 
freely and voluntarily, without any degree of duress or compulsion 
whatsoever; (ii) has been duly authorized; and (iii) constitutes the 
valid and binding obligation of Keurig, enforceable against Keurig in 
accordance with its terms. Keurig will not directly or indirectly 
receive any reimbursement, indemnification, insurance-related payment, 
or other payment in connection with the civil penalty to be paid by 
Keurig pursuant to the Agreement and Order. The individuals signing the 
Agreement on behalf of Keurig represent and warrant that they are duly 
authorized by Keurig to execute the Agreement.
    33. The signatories represent that they are authorized to execute 
this Agreement.
    34. The Agreement is governed by the laws of the United States.
    35. The Agreement and the Order shall apply to, and be binding 
upon, Keurig and each of its successors, transferees, and assigns, and 
a violation of the Agreement or Order may subject Keurig, and each of 
its successors, transferees, and assigns, to appropriate legal action.
    36. The Agreement and the Order constitute the complete agreement 
between the parties on the subject matter contained therein.
    37. The Agreement may be used in interpreting the Order. 
Understandings, agreements, representations, or interpretations apart 
from those contained in the Agreement and the Order may not be used to 
vary or contradict their terms. For purposes of construction, the 
Agreement shall be deemed to have been drafted by both of the parties 
and shall not, therefore, be construed against any party, for that 
reason, in any subsequent dispute.
    38. The Agreement may not be waived, amended, modified, or 
otherwise altered, except as in accordance with the provisions of 16 
CFR 1118.20(h). The Agreement may be executed in counterparts.
    39. If any provision of the Agreement or the Order is held to be 
illegal, invalid, or unenforceable under present or future laws 
effective during the terms of the Agreement and the Order, such 
provision shall be fully severable. The balance of the Agreement and 
the Order shall remain in full force and effect, unless the Commission 
and Keurig agree in writing that severing the provision materially 
affects the purpose of the Agreement and the Order.

KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, INC.

Dated: 2/2/17

By:--------------------------------------------------------------------
Michael J. Degnan,
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate General Counsel, Keurig Green 
Mountain, Inc., 33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT 05676.

Dated: 2/2/17

By:--------------------------------------------------------------------
Christie Grymes Thompson,
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Washington Harbour, Suite 400, 3050 K 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20007, Counsel to Keurig Green Mountain, 
Inc.

U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

Mary T. Boyle,
General Counsel.

Mary B. Murphy,
Assistant General Counsel.

Dated: January 31, 2017
By:--------------------------------------------------------------------
Daniel R. Vice,
Trial Attorney, Division of Compliance, Office of the General 
Counsel.

United States of America

Consumer Product Safety Commission

    In the Matter of: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

CPSC Docket No.: 17-C0002

ORDER

    Upon consideration of the Settlement Agreement entered into between 
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (``Keurig''), and the U.S. Consumer Product 
Safety Commission (``Commission''), and the Commission having 
jurisdiction over the subject matter and over Keurig, and it appearing 
that the Settlement Agreement and the Order are in the public interest, 
it is:
    ORDERED that the Settlement Agreement be, and is, hereby, accepted; 
and it is
    FURTHER ORDERED that Keurig shall comply with the terms of the 
Settlement Agreement and shall pay a civil penalty in the amount of 
five million, eight hundred thousand dollars ($5,800,000) within thirty 
(30) days after service of the Commission's final Order accepting the 
Settlement Agreement. The payment shall be made by electronic wire 
transfer to the Commission via: http://www.pay.gov. Upon the failure of 
Keurig to make the foregoing payment when due, interest on the unpaid 
amount shall accrue and be paid by Keurig at the federal legal rate of 
interest set forth at 28 U.S.C. 1961(a) and (b). If Keurig fails to 
make such payment or to comply in full with any other provision of the 
Settlement Agreement, such conduct will be considered a violation of 
the Settlement Agreement and Order.
    Provisionally accepted and provisional Order issued on the 16th day 
of February, 2017.

By order of the Commission

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Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

[FR Doc. 2017-03409 Filed 2-21-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6355-01-P