[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 126 (Friday, June 29, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 38743-38744]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15987]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

[Docket No. EERE-2008-BT-STD-0005]
RIN 1904-AB57


Energy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Energy 
Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies

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

ACTION: Reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document announces a reopening of the comment period for 
15 days in order to consider comments previously submitted after the 
close of the earlier comment period and to allow interested parties to 
submit comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking to establish 
energy conservation standards for battery chargers and external power 
supplies.

DATES: Comments must be submitted no later than July 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Any comments submitted must identify the subject matter 
(``Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Establish Energy Conservation 
Standards for Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies'') and 
provide the appropriate docket number (EERE-2008-BT-STD-0005) and/or 
RIN number (1904-AB57). Comments may be submitted using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: BC&EPS_ECS@ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE-
BT-STD-0005 and/or RIN number 1904-AB57 in the subject line of the 
message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mail-stop EE-2J, Notice of Propsed 
Rulemaking to Establish Energy Conservation Standards for Battery 
Chargers and External Power Supplies, docket number EERE-2008-BT-STD-
0005 and/or RIN number 1904-AB57, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20585-0121. Please submit one signed paper original.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit one 
signed paper original.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Mr. Jeremy Dommu, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202) 586-9870. Email: Jeremy.Dommu @ee.doe.gov.
Mr. Michael Kido, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, GC-71, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 20585-
0121. Telephone: (202) 586-8145. Email: Michael.Kido@hq.doe.gov.

    For information on how to submit or review public comments, contact 
Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202) 586-2945. Email: Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 27, 2012, the U.S. Department of 
Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NOPR) that would establish energy conservation standards 
for battery chargers and amend those that currently apply to Class A 
external power supplies (EPSs). (77 FR 18478) That notice also proposed 
to establish standards for non-Class A EPSs and possible labeling 
requirements for battery chargers and EPSs. The comment period for this 
NOPR closed on May 29, 2012.
    Recently, after the closing of the comment period, DOE has received 
comments on this rulemaking from interested parties. These comments 
submit additional information for DOE to consider as part of its 
evaluation of potential standards for battery chargers and EPSs. In 
order to consider comments previously submitted after the close of the 
earlier comment period and to allow interested parties to submit 
comments on the NOPR, DOE has determined that a re-opening of the 
comment period in this rulemaking is appropriate and is hereby doing 
so. DOE will consider any comments received between March 27, 2012 and 
July 16, 2012 to be timely submitted.

Further Information on Submitting Comments

    Under 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or 
she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public 
disclosure should submit two copies: one copy of the document including 
all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the 
document with the information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE 
will make its own determination about the confidential status of the 
information and treat it according to its determination.
    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat 
submitted information as confidential include (1) a description of the 
items, (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as 
confidential within the industry, (3) whether the information is 
generally known by or available from other sources, (4) whether the 
information has previously been made available to others without 
obligation concerning its confidentiality, (5) an explanation of the 
competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from 
public disclosure, (6) when such information might lose its 
confidential character due to the

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passage of time, and (7) why disclosure of the information would be 
contrary to the public interest.

    Issued in Washington, DC on June 25, 2012.
Kathleen Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
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