Test Procedure Interim Waiver Process, 35040 [2019-15506]

Download as PDF 35040 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 140 / Monday, July 22, 2019 / Proposed Rules Language in Government Writing,’’ published June 10, 1998 (63 FR 31883). The NRC requests comment on this document with respect to the clarity and effectiveness of the language used. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of July 2019. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Patricia K. Holahan, Director, Division of Rulemaking, Office of Nucler Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2019–15434 Filed 7–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Parts 430 and 431 [EERE–2019–BT–NOA–0011] RIN 1904–AE24 Test Procedure Interim Waiver Process Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Proposed rule; re-opening of public comment period. AGENCY: On May 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that proposed amendments to streamline its test procedure interim waiver decision-making process. The comment period for the NOPR ended on July 1, 2019. As a result of stakeholder requests, on June 26, 2019, DOE published a notice of webinar and an extension of the public comment period through July 15, 2019. During the webinar and shortly thereafter, stakeholders requested additional time to comment. Therefore, DOE has decided to reopen the comment period. This document announces that the period for submitting comments on the NOPR is to be re-opened. DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published on May 1, 2019 (84 FR 18414) is reopened. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR received no later than midnight on August 6, 2019, and deems any comments received prior to that date to be timely filed. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by docket number [EERE– 2019–BT–NOA–0011], and/or Regulation Identification Number (RIN) 1904–AE24, by any one of the following methods: 1. Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 2. Email: TPWaiver Process2019NOA0011@ee.doe.gov. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:17 Jul 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 Include docket number [EERE–2019– BT–NOA–0011] and/or RIN 1904–AE24 in the subject line of the message. Please include the full body of your comments in the text of the message or as an attachment. If you have additional information such as studies or journal articles and cannot attach them to your electronic submission, please send them on a CD or USB flash drive to the address listed in paragraph 4. The additional material must clearly identify your electronic comments by name, date, subject, and docket number [EERE–2019–BT–NOA–0011]. 3. Mail: Address written comments to Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121 (due to potential delays in DOE’s receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt). If possible, please submit all items on a CD or USB flash drive, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. 4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone (202) 287–1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD or USB flash drive, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. A link to the docket web page can be found at: http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE2019-BT-NOA-0011. The http:// www.regulations.gov web page contains instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jennifer Tiedeman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–6111. Email: Jennifer.Tiedeman@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 1, 2019, DOE published a NOPR in the PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Register that proposed amendments to its regulations to streamline its test procedure interim waiver decision-making process. (84 FR 18414) The proposed amendments would require the Department to notify, in writing, an applicant for an interim waiver of the disposition of the request within 30 business days (i.e., approximately 45 days) of receipt of the application. Should DOE fail to satisfy this requirement, the request for interim waiver would be deemed granted based on the criteria in DOE regulations. Specifically, DOE regulations require that DOE grant an interim waiver if it determines that it is desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. An interim waiver would remain in effect until a waiver decision is published or until DOE publishes a new or amended test procedure that addresses the issues presented in the application, whichever is earlier. If the alternate test procedure ultimately required by DOE differs from what is specified in the interim waiver, manufacturers would have a 180-day grace period to begin using the alternate test procedure specified in the decision and order on the petition. This proposal is intended to address delays in DOE’s current process for considering requests for interim waivers and waivers from the DOE test method. These delays impose costs on manufacturers, as they cannot certify and distribute their products while they wait for DOE to respond to their petitions. The NOPR provided for the submission of comments by July 1, 2019. DOE received requests to hold a public meeting and to extend the comment period on the proposal. As a result, on June 26, 2019, DOE published a notice of webinar and an extension of the public comment period through July 15, 2019. DOE held a webinar on July 11, 2019. During the webinar and shortly thereafter, stakeholders requested additional time to prepare comments. Given the importance to DOE of receiving public input, DOE is reopening the comment period. DOE will consider any comments received by midnight on August 6, 2019, and deems any comments received prior to that date to be timely filed. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2019. Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2019–15506 Filed 7–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P E:\FR\FM\22JYP1.SGM 22JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 140 (Monday, July 22, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Parts 430 and 431

[EERE-2019-BT-NOA-0011]
RIN 1904-AE24


Test Procedure Interim Waiver Process

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; re-opening of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: On May 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published 
a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that proposed amendments to 
streamline its test procedure interim waiver decision-making process. 
The comment period for the NOPR ended on July 1, 2019. As a result of 
stakeholder requests, on June 26, 2019, DOE published a notice of 
webinar and an extension of the public comment period through July 15, 
2019. During the webinar and shortly thereafter, stakeholders requested 
additional time to comment. Therefore, DOE has decided to reopen the 
comment period. This document announces that the period for submitting 
comments on the NOPR is to be re-opened.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published on May 1, 
2019 (84 FR 18414) is reopened. DOE will accept comments, data, and 
information regarding this NOPR received no later than midnight on 
August 6, 2019, and deems any comments received prior to that date to 
be timely filed.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, 
identified by docket number [EERE-2019-BT-NOA-0011], and/or Regulation 
Identification Number (RIN) 1904-AE24, by any one of the following 
methods:
    1. Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
    2. Email: [email protected]. Include docket 
number [EERE-2019-BT-NOA-0011] and/or RIN 1904-AE24 in the subject line 
of the message. Please include the full body of your comments in the 
text of the message or as an attachment. If you have additional 
information such as studies or journal articles and cannot attach them 
to your electronic submission, please send them on a CD or USB flash 
drive to the address listed in paragraph 4. The additional material 
must clearly identify your electronic comments by name, date, subject, 
and docket number [EERE-2019-BT-NOA-0011].
    3. Mail: Address written comments to Appliance and Equipment 
Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies 
Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20585-0121 (due to potential delays in DOE's receipt and processing of 
mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we encourage respondents to 
submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt). If possible, 
please submit all items on a CD or USB flash drive, in which case it is 
not necessary to include printed copies.
    4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards 
Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 
L'Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone (202) 
287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD or USB flash 
drive, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.
    Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, public 
meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting 
documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the 
http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the 
index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public 
disclosure, may not be publicly available. A link to the docket web 
page can be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2019-BT-NOA-0011. The http://www.regulations.gov web page contains instructions 
on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the 
docket.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jennifer Tiedeman, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-33, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-6111. Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 1, 2019, DOE published a NOPR in the 
Federal Register that proposed amendments to its regulations to 
streamline its test procedure interim waiver decision-making process. 
(84 FR 18414) The proposed amendments would require the Department to 
notify, in writing, an applicant for an interim waiver of the 
disposition of the request within 30 business days (i.e., approximately 
45 days) of receipt of the application. Should DOE fail to satisfy this 
requirement, the request for interim waiver would be deemed granted 
based on the criteria in DOE regulations. Specifically, DOE regulations 
require that DOE grant an interim waiver if it determines that it is 
desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a 
determination of the petition for waiver. An interim waiver would 
remain in effect until a waiver decision is published or until DOE 
publishes a new or amended test procedure that addresses the issues 
presented in the application, whichever is earlier. If the alternate 
test procedure ultimately required by DOE differs from what is 
specified in the interim waiver, manufacturers would have a 180-day 
grace period to begin using the alternate test procedure specified in 
the decision and order on the petition. This proposal is intended to 
address delays in DOE's current process for considering requests for 
interim waivers and waivers from the DOE test method. These delays 
impose costs on manufacturers, as they cannot certify and distribute 
their products while they wait for DOE to respond to their petitions.
    The NOPR provided for the submission of comments by July 1, 2019. 
DOE received requests to hold a public meeting and to extend the 
comment period on the proposal. As a result, on June 26, 2019, DOE 
published a notice of webinar and an extension of the public comment 
period through July 15, 2019. DOE held a webinar on July 11, 2019. 
During the webinar and shortly thereafter, stakeholders requested 
additional time to prepare comments.
    Given the importance to DOE of receiving public input, DOE is re-
opening the comment period. DOE will consider any comments received by 
midnight on August 6, 2019, and deems any comments received prior to 
that date to be timely filed.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2019.
Daniel R. Simmons,
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2019-15506 Filed 7-19-19; 8:45 am]
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