Amended Record of Decision for the Continued Interim Operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is amending its July 2011 Record of Decision for the Continued Operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex (2011 ROD) to reflect its decision to continue to implement on an interim basis a revised approach for meeting enriched uranium requirements (while addressing issues related to seismic analysis), by upgrading existing enriched uranium (EU) processing buildings and constructing a new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF). Additionally, NNSA has decided to separate the single-structure UPF design concept into a new design consisting of multiple buildings, with each constructed to safety and security requirements appropriate to the building's function. This revised approach is combining elements of the two alternatives previously analyzed in the Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex, DOE/EIS-0387 (Y-12 SWEIS).
Elemental Mercury Storage Fees
The Department of Energy publishes a proposed rule to establish a fee for long-term management and storage of elemental mercury in accordance with the Mercury Export Ban Act.
Qualifying Facility Rates and Requirements; Implementation Issues Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978
In this notice of proposed rulemaking, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes to revise its regulations implementing sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 in light of changes in the energy industry since 1978.
Notice of Orders Issued Under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act During August 2019
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during August 2019, it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to export previously imported liquefied natural gas (LNG), and vacating authorization. These orders are summarized in the attached appendix and may be found on the FE website at https://www.energy.gov/fe/listing-doefe- authorizationsorders-issued-2019. They are also available for inspection and copying in the U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Division of Natural Gas Regulation, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Docket Room 3E-033, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478. The Docket Room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is reopening the public comment period for its request for information (``RFI'') to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether to amend standards for residential clothes washers (``RCWs''). DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on August 2, 2019 establishing a 30-day public comment period ending September 3, 2019. On August 2, 2019, DOE received a comment requesting a 30 day comment period extension. On August 26, 2019, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register extending the public comment on the RFI to receive comments no later than October 3, 2019. On September 20, 2019, DOE received a comment requesting an additional 14 day comment period extension; therefore, DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 14 days to October 17, 2019.
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Clothes Dryers
On July 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NOPR'') regarding proposals to amend the test procedures for clothes dryers and to request comment on the proposals and other aspects of clothes dryer testing. This notice also announced a webinar to be held on August 14, 2019, and stated that DOE would hold a public meeting on the proposal if one was requested by August 6, 2019. On July 29, 2019, DOE received a comment requesting a public meeting.
Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities
DOE proposes procedures for the imposition of civil penalties for violations of the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA) that restrict participation by U.S. persons in the development or production of special nuclear material outside of the United States. This proposed rule provides procedures to implement a statutory amendment contained within the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
DOE Response to Recommendation 2019-2 of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Safety of the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities
On June 11, 2019, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board issued Recommendation 2019-2, Safety of the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities, to the Department of Energy. In accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the Secretary of Energy's response to the Recommendation is provided in this notice.
Energy Conservation Program: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Johnson Controls, Inc. From the Department of Energy Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Test Procedure
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') gives notice of a Decision and Order granting Johnson Controls, Inc. (``JCI'') a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the efficiency of specified central air conditioners (``CAC'') and heat pump (``HP'') basic models. JCI is required to test and rate specified basic models of its central air conditioners and heat pumps in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order.
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Teleconference/Webinar for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) announces a webinar for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel
This notice announces a meeting of the DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee; Meeting
This notice announces an open meeting of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires notice of the meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) Chairs. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Electricity Advisory Committee; Meeting
This notice announces a meeting of the Electricity Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC Form 580) Comment Request; Extension
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC Form 580 (Interrogatory on Fuel and Energy Purchase Practices Pursuant to Section 205 of the Federal Power Act).
Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection for the Weatherization Assistance Program
The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years a currently approved collection of information with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The information collection request, Weatherization Assistance Program, was previously approved on February 28, 2017 under OMB Control No. 1910-5127 and its current expiration date is February 29, 2020.
Availability of the Bonneville Purchasing Instructions (BPI) and Bonneville Financial Assistance Instructions (BFAI)
Copies of the Bonneville Purchasing Instructions (BPI), which contain the policy and establish the procedures that BPA uses in the solicitation, award, and administration of its purchases of goods and services, including construction, are available in printed form or at the following internet address: http://www.bpa.gov/goto/BPI. Copies of the Bonneville Financial Assistance Instructions (BFAI), which contain the policy and establish the procedures that BPA uses in the solicitation, award, and administration of financial assistance instruments (principally grants and cooperative agreements), are available in printed form or available at the following internet address: http://www.bpa.gov/goto/BFAI.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Unfired Hot Water Storage Tanks
On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for unfired hot water storage tanks. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by September 23, 2019. Prior to the end of the comment period for the RFI, DOE received a request from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on September 13, 2019 seeking additional time to analyze data, possibly conduct further testing, and prepare comments. In light of this request, DOE is reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days and announcing that decision in this document.
Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project Rate Schedule
The Assistant Secretary for Electricity has approved and placed into effect on an interim basis Rate Order No. SWPA-76, which extends the following existing Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project rate schedule for the Southwestern Power Administration: Rate Schedule RDW- 15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy. This is an interim rate action effective October 1, 2019, extending for a period of two years through September 30, 2021.