[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 51943]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21171]

Proposed Rules
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10 CFR Parts 429 and 430

[Docket Number EERE-2012-BT-STD-0027]
RIN 1904-AC81

Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers: 
Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of public comment period.


SUMMARY: This document announces that the period for submitting 
comments on the dehumidifier framework document is extended to October 
17, 2012.

DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information on the 
dehumidifier framework received no later than October 17, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Any comments submitted must identify the dehumidifier 
framework document and provide docket number EERE-2012-BT-STD-0027. 
Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected]. Include 
docket number EERE-2011-BT-STD-0027 and/or RIN 1904-AC81 in the subject 
line of the message. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, 
Microsoft Word, PDF, or ASCII file format and avoid the use of special 
characters or any form of encryption.
     Postal Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 
586-2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 6th 
Floor, Washington, DC 20024. Please submit one signed original paper 
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above 
telephone number for additional information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
may be sent to 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: 202-586-7463. Email: [email protected].
    In the office of the General Counsel, contact Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, 
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 
Independence Ave. SW., Room 6A-179, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: 
202-586-7796; Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 17, 2012, DOE published a notice 
of availability of a framework document to consider energy conservation 
standards for dehumidifiers. (77 FR 49739) The notice provided for the 
submission of comments by September 17, 2012. Commenters stated that 
the public meeting was scheduled for September 24, 2012, and that the 
comment period should extend past the public meeting date. DOE has 
determined that an extension of the public comment period is 
appropriate for this reason and is hereby extending the comment period. 
DOE will consider any comments received by October 17, 2012.

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

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2012.
Steven Chalk,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
[FR Doc. 2012-21171 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]