[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 190 (Monday, October 1, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 59712-59718]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23953]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Parts 429 and 430

[Docket Number EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060]
RIN 1904-AC64


Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for 
Dishwashers

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

ACTION: Notice of effective date and compliance dates for direct final 
rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a direct final 
rule to establish amended energy conservation standards for dishwashers 
in the Federal Register on May 30, 2012. DOE has determined that the 
adverse comments received in response to the direct final rule were not 
sufficiently ``adverse'' as to provide a reasonable basis for 
withdrawing the direct final rule. Therefore, DOE provides this 
document confirming adoption of the energy conservation standards 
established in the direct final rule and announcing the effective date 
of those standards.

DATES: The September 27, 2012, effective date for the direct final rule 
published on May 30, 2012 (77 FR 31918) is confirmed. Compliance with 
the standards in the direct final rule will be required on May 30, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: The docket is available for review at regulations.gov, 
including Federal Register notices, framework documents, public meeting 
attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting 
documents/materials. All documents in the docket are listed in the 
regulations.gov index. Not all documents listed in the index may be 
publicly available, such as information that is exempt from public 
disclosure. The docket web page can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR;rpp=25;po=0;D=EERE-
2011-BT-STD-0060.
    For further information on how to submit or review public comments 
or view hard copies of the docket, contact Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 
586-2945 or email: Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Stephen L. Witkowski, 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:

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(202) 586-7463; email: Stephen.Witkowski@ee.doe.gov.
    Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the 
General Counsel, GC-71, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121; telephone: (202) 586-7796; email: 
Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Authority and Rulemaking Background

    As amended by Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 
2007; Pub. L. 110-140), the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) 
authorizes DOE to issue a direct final rule establishing an energy 
conservation standard on receipt of a statement submitted jointly by 
interested persons that are fairly representative of relevant points of 
view (including representatives of manufacturers of covered products, 
States, and efficiency advocates) as determined by the Secretary of 
Energy (Secretary), that contains recommendations with respect to an 
energy conservation standard that are in accordance with the provisions 
of 42 U.S.C. 6295(o). A notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that 
proposes an identical energy conservation standard must be published 
simultaneously with the final rule, and DOE must provide a public 
comment period of at least 110 days on the direct final rule. 42 U.S.C. 
6295(p)(4). Not later than 120 days after issuance of the direct final 
rule, if one or more adverse comments or an alternative joint 
recommendation are received relating to the direct final rule, the 
Secretary must determine whether the comments or alternative 
recommendation may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawal under 42 
U.S.C. 6295(o) or other applicable law. If the Secretary makes such a 
determination, DOE must withdraw the direct final rule and proceed with 
the simultaneously published NOPR. DOE must publish in the Federal 
Register the reasons why the direct final rule was withdrawn. Id.
    During the rulemaking proceeding to consider amending energy 
conservation standards for dishwashers, DOE received the ``Agreement on 
Minimum Federal Efficiency Standards, Smart Appliances, Federal 
Incentives and Related Matters for Specified Appliances'' (the ``Joint 
Petition'' or ``Consensus Agreement''), a comment submitted by groups 
representing manufacturers (the Association of Home Appliance 
Manufacturers (AHAM), Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool), General 
Electric Company (GE), Electrolux, LG Electronics, Inc. (LG), BSH Home 
Appliances (BSH), Alliance Laundry Systems (ALS), Viking Range, Sub-
Zero Wolf, Friedrich A/C, U-Line, Samsung, Sharp Electronics, Miele, 
Heat Controller, AGA Marvel, Brown Stove, Haier, Fagor America, Airwell 
Group, Arcelik, Fisher & Paykel, Scotsman Ice, Indesit, Kuppersbusch, 
Kelon, and DeLonghi); energy and environmental advocates (American 
Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Appliance Standards 
Awareness Project (ASAP), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), 
Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), and Northeast Energy 
Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)); and consumer groups (Consumer 
Federation of America (CFA) and the National Consumer Law Center 
(NCLC)) (collectively, the ``Joint Petitioners''). This collective set 
of comments1 2 recommends specific energy conservation 
standards for dishwashers that, in the commenters' view, would satisfy 
the EPCA requirements at 42 U.S.C. 6295(o).
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    \1\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 1.
    \2\ The Joint Petitioners submitted a second petition amending 
the recommended compliance dates for new dishwasher standards. DOE 
Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 4.
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    After careful consideration of the Consensus Agreement, the 
Secretary determined that it was submitted by interested persons who 
are fairly representative of relevant points of view on this matter. 
DOE noted in the direct final rule that Congress provided some guidance 
within the statute itself by specifying that representatives of 
manufacturers of covered products, States, and efficiency advocates are 
relevant parties to any consensus recommendation. (42 U.S.C. 
6295(p)(4)(A)) As delineated above, the Consensus Agreement was signed 
and submitted by a broad cross-section of the manufacturers who produce 
the subject products, their trade associations, and environmental, 
energy efficiency and consumer advocacy organizations. Although States 
were not signatories to the Consensus Agreement, they did not express 
any opposition to it from the time of its submission to DOE through the 
close of the comment period on the direct final rule. Moreover, DOE 
stated in the direct final rule that it does not interpret the statute 
as requiring absolute agreement among all interested parties before DOE 
may proceed with issuance of a direct final rule. By explicit language 
of the statute, the Secretary has discretion to determine when a joint 
recommendation for an energy or water conservation standard has met the 
requirement for representativeness (i.e., ``as determined by the 
Secretary''). Accordingly, DOE determined that the Consensus Agreement 
was made and submitted by interested persons fairly representative of 
relevant points of view.
    Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(p)(4), the Secretary must also determine 
whether a jointly submitted recommendation for an energy or water 
conservation standard is in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 6295(o) or 42 
U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(B), as applicable. As stated in the direct final 
rule, this determination is exactly the type of analysis DOE conducts 
whenever it considers potential energy conservation standards pursuant 
to EPCA. DOE applies the same principles to any consensus 
recommendations it may receive to satisfy its statutory obligation to 
ensure that any energy conservation standard that it adopts achieves 
the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically 
feasible and economically justified and will result in significant 
conservation of energy. Upon review, the Secretary determined that the 
Consensus Agreement submitted in the instant rulemaking comports with 
the standard-setting criteria set forth under 42 U.S.C. 6295(o). 
Accordingly, the Consensus Agreement levels, included as trial standard 
level (TSL) 2, were adopted as the amended standard levels in the 
direct final rule. In sum, as the relevant statutory criteria were 
satisfied, the Secretary adopted the amended energy conservation 
standards for dishwashers set forth in the direct final rule. These 
standards are set forth in TABLE 1--AMENDED ENERGY CONSERVATION 
STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL DISHWASHERS
    The standards apply to all products listed in TABLE 1--AMENDED 
ENERGY CONSERVATION STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL DISHWASHERS that are 
manufactured in, or imported into, the United States on or after May 
30, 2013. For a detailed discussion of DOE's analysis of the benefits 
and burdens of the amended standards pursuant to the criteria set forth 
in EPCA, please see the direct final rule. (77 FR 31918 (May 30, 
2012)).
    As required by EPCA, DOE also simultaneously published a NOPR 
proposing the identical standard levels contained in the direct final 
rule. As discussed in section II-B of this notice, DOE considered 
whether any comment received during the 110-day comment period 
following the direct final rule was sufficiently ``adverse'' as to 
provide a reasonable basis for withdrawal of the

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direct final rule and continuation of this rulemaking under the NOPR. 
As noted in the direct final rule, it is the substance, rather than the 
quantity, of comments that will ultimately determine whether a direct 
final rule will be withdrawn. To this end, DOE weighs the substance of 
any adverse comment(s) received against the anticipated benefits of the 
Consensus Agreement and the likelihood that further consideration of 
the comment(s) would change the results of the rulemaking. DOE notes 
that to the extent an adverse comment had been previously raised and 
addressed in the rulemaking proceeding, such a submission will not 
typically provide a basis for withdrawal of a direct final rule.

     Table 1--Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Residential
                               Dishwashers
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                                     Compliance date: May 30, 2013
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        Product class                                 Maximum per-cycle
                                 Minimum annual       water consumption
                              energy use* kWh/year      gallons/cycle
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1. Standard (>=8 place                         307                   5.0
 settings plus 6 serving
 pieces)....................
2. Compact (<8 place                           222                  3.5
 settings plus 6 serving
 pieces)....................
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* Annual energy use, expressed in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, is
  calculated as: The sum of the annual standby electrical energy in kWh
  and the product of (1) the representative average dishwasher use
  cycles per year and (2) the sum of machine electrical energy
  consumption per cycle in kWh, the total water energy consumption per
  cycle in kWh, and, for dishwashers having a truncated normal cycle,
  the drying energy consumption divided by 2 in kWh. A truncated normal
  cycle is defined as the normal cycle interrupted to eliminate the
  power-dry feature after the termination of the last rinse option.

II. Comments Received on the Direct Final Rule

A. Comments Received in Support of the Direct Final Rule

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Gas 
Company (SCGC), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), and Southern 
California Edison (SCE) (collectively, the ``California Utilities'') 
expressed support for DOE's adoption of the standard levels proposed in 
the Joint Petition,\3\ as did AHAM.\4\ Additionally, ASAP, ASE, ACEEE, 
CFA, NCLC, NRDC, and NEEP commented in support of the standard levels 
in the direct final rule.\5\
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    \3\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 13.
    \4\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 19.
    \5\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 18.
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B. Adverse Comments Received on the Direct Final Rule

    DOE received several adverse comments from private citizens. To 
make the comment summary and response easier to follow, the commenters 
are identified by their comment number. 6 7 8
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    \6\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 14.
    \7\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 15.
    \8\ DOE Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0060, Comment 16.
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    Comment 15 stated that DOE should withdraw the direct final rule 
and move to a proposed rule because it failed to analyze several 
important factors. It stated that: (1) DOE did not examine the effects 
on two important demographics (wholesalers and retailers); (2) DOE did 
not adequately assess the significance of market and public institution 
failures that the rule attempts to correct; and (3) the life-cycle-cost 
savings for each individual dishwasher are so small that deviations 
from the agency's assumption of dishwashing habits or other mistakes 
could eliminate those savings.
    Regarding the impacts of the standards on wholesalers and 
retailers, DOE estimated that the standards would likely cause a slight 
reduction in dishwasher unit sales. Because the standards are expected 
to result in a small increase in price, however, the net effect on 
revenue of wholesalers and retailers should be negligible.
    Regarding failures of private markets or public institutions, 
Section 1(b)(1) of Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and 
Review,'' 58 FR 51735 (Oct. 4, 1993), requires each agency to identify 
the problem that it intends to address, including, where applicable, 
the failures of private markets or public institutions that warrant new 
agency action. DOE addressed this requirement in section VI.A of the 
direct final rule. In addition, in section V.C of the direct final 
rule, DOE discussed some of the reasons why consumers appear to 
undervalue energy efficiency improvements.
    DOE acknowledges that there is uncertainty regarding the estimated 
cost savings. The methods and assumptions used by DOE, however, have 
been extensively reviewed and subject to public comment not only in the 
direct final rule to establish amended standards for dishwashers, but 
in other DOE rulemakings as well. The commenter did not provide any 
specific concerns with the assumptions used by DOE or offer any 
alternative assumptions for use in DOE's analysis.
    Two of the private citizens questioned the estimated payback period 
in the direct final rule. Comment 14 notes that DOE estimates a median 
payback period of 11.8 years for a new dishwasher, and that the 
Consortium for Energy Efficiency lists the average life of a 
residential dishwasher at 11 years, which is shorter than the estimated 
payback period. Comment 16 notes that external sources estimate 
dishwasher lifetime at 9-12 years. Because the basis for published 
dishwasher lifetime estimates is uncertain, DOE conducted an analysis 
of residential dishwasher lifetimes in the field. As described in 
chapter 8 of the direct final rule technical support document (TSD), 
the analysis yielded an estimate of mean age for residential 
dishwashers of approximately 15 years, longer than the median payback 
period for the adopted energy conservation standards for standard-size 
dishwashers.
    Comment 14 noted that the benefits attributed to emissions 
reductions represent between 17 and 35 percent of the total benefits 
from the new standard, and because the long-term effects of carbon 
dioxide (CO2) emissions are unclear, DOE should not justify 
the standards using benefits from emissions reductions. DOE used a wide 
range of estimates of the value of avoiding a ton of CO2 
emissions that had been prepared by an interagency process that 
included a thorough review of the relevant literature (see appendix 16-
A of the direct final rule TSD for discussion). Furthermore, the 
benefits from emissions reductions are only one of a number of factors 
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standard is economically justified. In the direct final rule, the 
Secretary concluded that at trial standard level (TSL) 2 for 
residential dishwashers (which represents the standards adopted), the 
benefits of energy savings, water savings, positive net present value 
(NPV) of consumer benefits, emission reductions, and the estimated 
monetary value of the CO2 emissions reductions would 
outweigh the impacts on manufacturers.
    Comment 16 notes that the benefits attributed to emissions 
reductions represent a global, not a domestic, value. The interagency 
process that developed the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) estimates used 
by DOE focused on a global measure of SCC because of the distinctive 
nature of the climate change problem. Under current Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) guidance in OMB Circular A-4, agencies must 
analyze economically significant proposed and final regulations from 
the domestic perspective, and analysis from the international 
perspective is conducted as appropriate. A global measure of SCC is 
used in DOE rulemakings because climate change involves a global 
externality: Emissions of most greenhouse gases (GHG) contribute to 
damages around the world even when they are emitted in the United 
States. Consequently, to address the global nature of the problem, the 
SCC must incorporate the full (global) damages caused by GHG emissions.
    Comment 14 stated that the new standards may not represent a 
significant conservation of energy due to the presence of other energy 
efficiency programs, most notably the ENERGY STAR program. Comment 14 
notes that the majority of dishwashers sold in the United States meet 
the ENERGY STAR specifications, which are more stringent than the new 
DOE energy conservation standards. DOE's analysis measures energy 
savings relative to a base case that includes the projected impacts of 
other energy efficiency programs. Although the term ``significant'' is 
not defined in EPCA, the U.S. Court of Appeals, in Natural Resources 
Defense Council v. Herrington, 768 F.2d 1355, 1373 (DC Cir. 1985), 
indicated that Congress intended ``significant'' energy savings in this 
context to be savings that were not ``genuinely trivial.'' DOE 
estimates that the new standards will save 0.07 quads of energy over 
the period from 2013 through 2047. DOE considers these to be 
significant reductions.
    Comments 14 and 16 stated that due to the increased cost of a 
dishwasher under the new standards, some consumers will opt not to 
purchase a new dishwasher and will continue to use older less-efficient 
models or to hand wash, which would negatively impact the water and 
energy savings attributed to the new standard. DOE's analysis accounted 
for the possibility that some consumers may opt not to purchase new 
energy efficient dishwashers, and the estimated savings reflect this 
possibility.

C. Other Comments on the Direct Final Rule

    Although AHAM expressed support for the direct final rule, AHAM 
raised several points that it clarified were not intended as adverse 
comments.\9\
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    First, AHAM noted that the compliance date for the amended 
dishwasher standards represents an unusual case in which less lead time 
than usual is acceptable because manufacturers agreed to the shorter 
lead time as part of the consensus agreement. AHAM noted that 
ordinarily, and going forward, the statutory lead time of 3 years from 
the date of publication of a final rule adopting new or amended 
standards is necessary for manufacturers to design and produce products 
that comply with the new or amended standards. DOE acknowledges AHAM's 
comment.
    Regarding DOE's estimate of typical dishwasher cycle time, AHAM 
does not object to the 1-hour cycle time estimate for purposes of the 
direct final rule, but notes that it may need to be studied in the 
future and that the average cycle time could be longer than 1 hour. DOE 
acknowledges AHAM's comment.
    Regarding dishwasher performance, AHAM agrees that the efficiency 
levels in the direct final rule are not likely to adversely impact 
performance, but states that more stringent levels could adversely 
impact performance. AHAM stated that, as efficiency and water standards 
levels become more stringent, it may be necessary to evaluate 
performance in DOE's analysis. DOE acknowledges AHAM's comment.
    AHAM opposed DOE's use of the Residential Energy Consumption Survey 
(RECS) and similar data for its energy and water use analysis. DOE 
acknowledges AHAM's comment. DOE uses RECS data for the energy and 
water use for the reasons explained in the direct final rule. 77 FR 
31918, 31931 (May 30, 2012).
    AHAM stated that the burden associated with reporting for 
certification is substantially more than 20 hours. It expressed hope 
that DOE will amend its certification, compliance, and enforcement rule 
to conform the scope of its annual report to the Federal Trade 
Commission report. DOE acknowledges AHAM's comment.
    AHAM continues to oppose the use of experience curves in the 
projection of consumer product prices. DOE used experience curves to 
project product prices for dishwashers for the reasons stated in the 
direct final rule. 77 FR 31918, 31933 (May 30, 2012).
    AHAM stated that any CO2 analysis should include 
CO2 emissions caused indirectly, as well as directly, from a 
standards change, such as increased carbon emissions required to 
manufacture a product at a given standard level. DOE has begun to 
include CO2 emissions that occur in the full fuel cycle, 
which includes emissions that occur in production and transportation of 
fuels. DOE continues to believe that it is inappropriate to include 
emissions that occur in manufacturing or transport of appliances. EPCA 
directs DOE to consider the total projected amount of energy savings 
likely to result directly from a standard, and DOE interprets this to 
include only energy consumed at the point of use and in the production, 
processing and transportation of fuels used by appliances or equipment.

III. Department of Justice Analysis of Competitive Impacts

    EPCA directs DOE to consider any lessening of competition that is 
likely to result from new or amended standards. It also directs the 
Attorney General of the United States (Attorney General) to determine 
the impact, if any, of any lessening of competition likely to result 
from a proposed standard and to transmit such determination to the 
Secretary within 60 days of the publication of a proposed rule, 
together with an analysis of the nature and extent of the impact. (42 
U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(i)(V) and (B)(ii)) DOE published a NOPR containing 
energy conservation standards identical to those set forth in the 
direct final rule and transmitted a copy of the direct final rule and 
the accompanying TSD to the Attorney General, requesting that the U.S. 
Department of Justice (DOJ) provide its determination on this issue. 
DOE has published DOJ's comments at the end of this notice.
    DOJ reviewed the amended standards in the direct final rule and the 
final TSD provided by DOE. As a result of its analysis, DOJ concluded 
that the amended standards issued in the direct final rule are unlikely 
to have a significant adverse impact on competition. DOJ further noted 
that the amended standards established in the

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direct final rule were the same as recommended standards submitted in 
the Joint Petition signed by industry participants who believed they 
could meet the standards (as well as other interested parties).

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires 
preparation of a regulatory flexibility analysis for any rule that by 
law must be proposed for public comment, unless the agency certifies 
that the rule, if promulgated, will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. As required by 
Executive Order 13272, ``Proper Consideration of Small Entities in 
Agency Rulemaking,'' 67 FR 53461 (Aug. 16, 2002), DOE published 
procedures and policies on February 19, 2003, to ensure that the 
potential impacts of its rules on small entities are properly 
considered during the rulemaking process. 68 FR 7990. DOE has made its 
procedures and policies available on the Office of the General 
Counsel's Web site (www.gc.doe.gov).
    DOE reviewed the direct final rule and corresponding NOPR pursuant 
to the RFA and the policies and procedures discussed above. DOE 
certifies that the standards in the direct final rule will not have a 
significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The 
factual basis for this certification is set forth below. DOE has 
considered the comments received on the economic impacts of the rule in 
adopting the standards set forth in the direct final rule; responses to 
these comments are provided in section II.
    For manufacturers of residential dishwashers, the Small Business 
Administration (SBA) has set a size threshold, which defines those 
entities classified as ``small businesses'' for the purposes of the 
statute. DOE used the SBA's small business size standards to determine 
whether any small entities would be subject to the requirements of the 
rule. 65 FR 30836, 30848 (May 15, 2000), as amended at 65 FR 53533, 
53544 (Sept. 5, 2000) and codified at 13 CFR part 121.The size 
standards are listed by North American Industry Classification System 
(NAICS) code and industry description and are available at: http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf. 
Residential dishwasher manufacturing is classified under NAICS 335228, 
``Other Major Household Appliance Manufacturing.'' The SBA sets a 
threshold of 500 employees or less for an entity to be considered as a 
small business for this category.
    To estimate the number of small businesses which could be impacted 
by the amended energy conservation standards, DOE conducted a market 
survey using all available public information to identify potential 
small manufacturers. DOE's research included the AHAM membership 
directory, product databases (Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), 
California Energy Commission (CEC), and ENERGY STAR databases) and 
individual company Web sites to find potential small business 
manufacturers. DOE also asked interested parties and industry 
representatives if they were aware of any other small business 
manufacturers during manufacturer interviews and at previous DOE public 
meetings. DOE reviewed all publicly available data and contacted 
various companies, as necessary, to determine whether they met the 
SBA's definition of a small business manufacturer of covered 
residential dishwashers. DOE screened out companies that did not offer 
products covered by this rulemaking, did not meet the definition of a 
``small business,'' or are foreign owned and operated.
    Almost half of residential dishwashers are currently manufactured 
in the United States by one corporation that accounts for approximately 
49 percent of the total market. Together, this manufacturer and three 
other manufacturers that do not meet the definition of a small business 
manufacturer comprise 99 percent of the residential dishwasher market. 
The small portion of the remaining residential dishwasher market 
(approximately 57,000 shipments) is supplied by a combination of 
approximately 15 international and domestic companies, all of which 
have small market shares. These companies are either foreign owned and 
operated or exceed the SBA's employment threshold for consideration as 
a small business under the appropriate NAICS code. Therefore, DOE did 
not identify any small business manufacturers of dishwashers. DOE 
received no comments on its estimate and retains this estimate for the 
certification.
    Based on the discussion above, DOE continues to certify that the 
standards for residential dishwashers set forth in today's rule would 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. Accordingly, DOE has not prepared a regulatory flexibility 
analysis for this rulemaking. DOE transmitted the certification to the 
SBA as required by 5 U.S.C. 605(b).

V. National Environmental Policy Act

    Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 
DOE has determined that the direct final rule fits within the category 
of actions included in Categorical Exclusion (CX) B5.1 and otherwise 
meets the requirements for application of a CX. See 10 CFR Part 1021, 
App. B, B5.1(b); 1021.410(b) and Appendix B, B(1)-(5). The rule fits 
within the category of actions because it is a rulemaking that 
establishes energy conservation standards for consumer products or 
industrial equipment, and for which none of the exceptions identified 
in CX B5.1(b) apply. Therefore, DOE has made a CX determination for 
this rulemaking, and DOE does not need to prepare an Environmental 
Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement for this rule. DOE's CX 
determination or this direct final rule is available at http://cxnepa.energy.gov.

VI. Conclusion

    In summary, based on the discussion above, DOE has determined that 
the comments received in response to the direct final rule for amended 
energy conservation standards for dishwashers do not provide a 
reasonable basis for withdrawal of the direct final rule. As a result, 
the amended energy conservation standards set forth in the direct final 
rule were effective on September 27, 2012. Compliance with these 
standards is required on May 30, 2013.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 25, 2012.
David Danielson,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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