[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 18272-18273]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06894]


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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

16 CFR Part 305

[3084-AB15]


Energy Labeling Rule

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'').

ACTION: Reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is reopening the comment period of its January 
9, 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) until April 1, 2013.

DATES: Comments must be received by April 1, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by 
following the instructions in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section 
below. Write ``Energy Label Ranges, Matter No. R611004'' on your 
comment, and file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/energylabelranges by following the 
instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment 
on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following address: 
Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex 
U), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, (202) 326-2889, 
Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 
Federal Trade Commission, Room M-8102B, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission is reopening the comment 
period for its January 9, 2013 (78 FR 1779) Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NPRM) until April 1, 2013. In the NPRM, the Commission 
proposed to amend the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') (16 CFR part 305) 
by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures for 
many EnergyGuide labels. The Commission also sought comment on a 
proposed exemption request by the Association of Home Appliance 
Manufacturers (AHAM) to help consumers compare the labels on 
refrigerators and clothes washers after the implementation of upcoming 
changes to the Department of Energy test procedures for those products. 
On March 7, 2013, the California Investor Owned Utilities (CA IOUs), 
citing unforeseeable circumstances that prevented the group from filing 
comments by the March 1, 2013 deadline, petitioned the Commission to 
reopen the comment period for the Proposed Rule for the Appliance 
Labeling Rule. In response, the Commission reopens the comment period 
to April 1, 2013. This action is reasonable for it will help ensure a 
full record in the proceeding and should not unduly delay this 
proceeding.
    Interested parties are invited to submit written comments 
electronically or in paper form. Comments should refer to ``Energy 
Label Ranges, Matter No. R611004'' to facilitate the organization of 
comments. Please note that your comment, including your name and your 
state, will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, 
including on the publicly accessible FTC Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm.
    Because comments will be made public, they should not include any 
sensitive personal information, such as any individual's Social 
Security Number; date of birth; driver's license number or other state 
identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; 
financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also 
should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical 
records or other individually identifiable health information. In 
addition, comments should not include trade secret or any commercial or 
financial information which is obtained from any person and which is 
privileged or confidential as provided in Section 6(f) of the Federal 
Trade Commission Act (FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f)), and FTC Rule 
4.10(a)(2) (16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)). Comments containing matter for which 
confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must 
be clearly labeled Confidential, and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c).
    Because paper mail addressed to the FTC is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening, please consider submitting your comments 
in electronic form. Comments filed in electronic form should be 
submitted using the following weblink: https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/energylabelranges (and following the 
instructions on the web-based form). To ensure that the Commission 
considers an electronic comment, you must file it on the web-based form 
at the weblink https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/energylabelranges. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home, you may also file an electronic comment 
through that Web site. The Commission will consider all comments that 
regulations.gov forwards to it. You may also visit the FTC Web site at 
http://www.ftc.gov to read the Notice and the news release describing 
it.
    A comment filed in paper form should include the Energy Label 
Ranges, Matter No. R611004 reference both in the text and on the 
envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address: 
Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex 
U), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. The FTC is 
requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or 
overnight service, if possible, because U.S. postal mail in the 
Washington area and at the Commission

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is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions.
    The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit 
the collection of public comments to consider and use in this 
proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and 
responsive public comments that it receives, whether filed in paper or 
electronic form. Comments received will be available to the public on 
the FTC Web site, to the extent practicable, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the FTC makes every 
effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the 
public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC 
Web site. More information, including routine uses permitted by the 
Privacy Act, may be found in the FTC's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm.

    By direction of the Commission.
Richard C. Donahue,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-06894 Filed 3-25-13; 8:45 am]
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