[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 35 (Thursday, February 21, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03996]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
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Federal Register / Vol. 78 , No. 35 / Thursday, February 21, 2013 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 431

[Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0031]
RIN 1904-AC54


Energy Efficiency Program for Commercial and Industrial 
Equipment: Commercial and Industrial Pumps

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

ACTION: Extension of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: The comment period for the notice of public meeting and 
availability of the Framework Document pertaining to the development of 
energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps 
published on February 1, 2013, is extended to May 2, 2013.

DATES: The comment period for the notice of public meeting and 
availability of the Framework Document relating to commercial and 
industrial pumps is extended to May 2, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Any comments submitted must identify the Framework Document 
for commercial and industrial pumps and provide docket number EERE-
2011-BT-STD-0031 and/or RIN number 1904-AC54. Comments may be submitted 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: to Pumps2011STD0031@ee.doe.gov. Include EERE-2011-
BT-STD-0031 in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, Framework Document for 
commercial and industrial pumps, EERE-2011-BT-STD-0031, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585- 0121. Phone: (202) 586-
2945. Please submit one signed paper original.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 6th Floor, 950 L'Enfant Plaza 
SW., Washington, DC 20024. Phone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit one 
signed paper original.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, or 
comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Charles Llenza, 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) 586-2192. Email: pumps@ee.doe.gov.
    In the office of the General Counsel, contact 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) 
586-9507. Email: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
published a request for information to solicit comments, data and 
information on, among other things, the energy use and potential means 
to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps. 
(76 FR 34192, June 13, 2011). DOE subsequently published a notice of 
public meeting and availability of the Framework Document in the 
Federal Register (78 FR 7304, Feb. 1, 2013) to solicit public input and 
facilitate the process of considering energy conservation standards for 
commercial and industrial pumps. The notice requested public comment 
from interested parties regarding specific as well as general questions 
and provided for the submission of comments by March 18, 2013. 
Thereafter, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) requested, on behalf of itself 
and its members, a 30-day extension of the public meeting and an 
additional 30-day extension of the comment period following the public 
meeting. HI stated that the additional time is necessary in order to 
review the 126 page document, gather the requisite information, and 
respond to the 110 questions DOE presented in the framework document. 
HI noted that the framework document addresses ``innumerable issues and 
complexities'' and that ``DOE is requesting well-informed and technical 
responses.'' HI asserts that there is insufficient time before the 
February 20, 2013 hearing date to gather information and respond.
    DOE declines to delay the public meeting. DOE notes that a public 
meeting on commercial and industrial fans is scheduled for February 21, 
2013, the day after the meeting scheduled for pumps. Given the 
similarities in DOE's approach to and the issues presented by these 
equipment types, and in consideration of the travel schedules of 
participants who wish to attend the public meetings in person, DOE is 
retaining the scheduled February 20, 2013 public meeting date for 
pumps. However, based on HI's request, DOE believes that extending the 
comment period to allow additional time for interested parties to 
submit comments is appropriate. Therefore, DOE is extending the comment 
period until May 2, 2013 to provide interested parties additional time 
to prepare and submit comments. Accordingly, DOE will consider any 
comments received by May 2, 2013 to be timely submitted.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2013.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2013-03996 Filed 2-20-13; 8:45 am]
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