[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 247 (Tuesday, December 24, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 77607-77608]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30726]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Parts 429 and 430

[Docket Number EERE-2010-BT-STD-0011]
RIN 1904-AC22


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy 
Conservation Standards for Residential Furnace Fans

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

ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: On October 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) regarding energy 
conservation standards for residential furnace fans, with a comment 
period that was scheduled to close December 24, 2013. This document 
announces an extension of the time period for submitting comments on 
the NOPR. The comment period is extended 30 days.

DATES: The comment period for the NOPR regarding energy conservation 
standards for residential furnace fans published on October 25, 2013 
(78 FR 64067) is extended to January 23, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR for Energy 
Conservation Standards for Residential Furnace Fans, and provide docket 
number EERE-2010-BT-STD-0011 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) 
1904-AC22. Comments may be submitted using any of the following 
methods:
    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    2. Email: FurnFans-2010-STD-0011@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket 
number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message. Submit electronic 
comments in Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or ASCII file format, 
and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption.
    3. Postal Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. If possible, please submit all items on 
a compact disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include 
printed copies.
    4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC 20024.
    Telephone: (202) 586-2945. If possible, please submit all items on 
a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.
    Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other 
aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this 
proposed rule may be submitted to Office of Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy through the methods listed above and by email to 
Chad_S._Whiteman@omb.eop.gov.
    Docket: The docket is available for review at www.regu lations.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 
www.regulations.gov index. However, not all documents listed in the 
index may be publicly available, such as information that is exempt 
from public disclosure.
    A link to the docket Web page can be found at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/41. This Web page contains a link to the docket for this notice 
on the www.regulations.gov site. The www.regulations.gov Web page 
contains simple instructions on how to access all documents, including 
public comments, in the docket.
    For information on how to submit a comment or review other public 
comments and the docket, contact Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 
or by email: Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ronald Majette, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC, 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-7935. Email: residential_furnace_fans@ee.doe.gov.
    Ms. Kavita Vaidyanathan, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the 
General Counsel, GC-71, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 
20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-0669. Email: 
Kavita.Vaidyanathan@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 25, 2013, DOE published a NOPR in 
the Federal Register (78 FR 64067) to make available and invite 
comments on the proposed rule regarding energy conservation standards 
for residential furnace fans. That notice set a deadline for the 
submission of written comment by December 24, 2013, and comments were 
also accepted at a public meeting held at DOE Headquarters on December 
3, 2013. Several stakeholders requested an extension of the comment 
period. These stakeholders stated the additional time is necessary for 
interested parties to consider and respond to the proposed rule and 
public meeting presentation, in order to submit meaningful and useful 
comments.
    After careful consideration of the multiple requests for more time 
to develop comments, DOE has determined that an extension of the

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public comment period is appropriate and in the public interest based 
on the foregoing reasoning. Accordingly, DOE is hereby extending the 
comment period and will consider any comments received by January 23, 
2014.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2013.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
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