[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 17, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

[Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0048]
RIN 1904-AC07


Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for 
Standby Mode and Off Mode for Microwave Ovens; Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; correction.

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SUMMARY: On January 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
published a final rule amending the test procedures for microwave ovens 
to include provisions for measuring standby mode and off mode power. On 
June 17, 2013, DOE published a final rule adopting energy conservation 
standards for microwave oven standby mode. This document addresses a 
drafting error in the June 2013 standards final rule, which referenced 
the incorrect provision for determining standby power for microwave 
ovens. Neither the error nor the correction in this document affect the 
substance of both the test procedure and energy conservation standards 
rulemakings or any of the conclusions reached in support of those final 
rules.

DATES: This correction is effective on February 17, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies Office, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-1692. Email: 
[email protected].
    Ms. Celia Sher, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-
0121. Telephone: (202) 287-6122. Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOE published a final rule in the Federal 
Register on January 18, 2013, which amended the test procedures for 
microwave ovens in Appendix I to include provisions for measuring 
standby mode and off mode power. 78 FR 4015. The provisions for the 
microwave oven test standby mode and off mode power measurements are 
contained in section 3.2.4 of Appendix I. On June 17, 2013, DOE 
published a final rule (the ``June 2013 standards final rule'') to 
adopt energy conservation standards for microwave oven standby mode. 78 
FR 36316. Due to a drafting error, in the June 2013 standards final 
rule, DOE amended 10 CFR 430.23 to add paragraph (i)(3) that 
incorrectly referenced section 3.2.3 \1\ of Appendix I instead of the 
correct section 3.2.4 for determining standby power for microwave 
ovens. This document amends 10 CFR 430.23(i)(3) to correctly reference 
section 3.2.4 of Appendix I for determining standby power for microwave 
ovens.
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    \1\ Section 3.2.3 of Appendix I contains the test measurement 
provisions for conventional range standby mode and off mode energy 
consumption.
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Procedural Issues and Regulatory Review

    The regulatory reviews conducted for this rulemaking are those set 
forth in the June 2013 standards final rule that originally codified 
the relevant amendments to DOE's test procedures for microwave ovens. 
The relevant amendments in the June 2013 standards final rule became 
effective August 16, 2013.
    Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b), DOE 
has determined that notice and prior opportunity for comment on this 
rule are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. This rule 
contains a technical correction to remedy the error in the June 2013 
standards final rule and to correct 10 CFR 430.23(i)(3) to reference 
section 3.2.4 of Appendix I for determining standby power for microwave 
ovens. The correction provides clarity as to the appropriate section of 
Appendix I to be used for determining standby power for microwave ovens 
and does not affect the substance or the conclusions reached in the 
June 2013 standards final rule.

List of Subjects in 10 CFR Part 430

    Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential business 
information, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Imports, 
Intergovernmental relations, Small businesses.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 9, 2016.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, part 430 of title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations is corrected by making the following 
correcting amendments:

PART 430--ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS

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1. The authority citation for part 430 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  42 U.S.C. 6291-6309; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note.


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2. Section 430.23 is amended by revising paragraph (i)(3) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  430.23  Test procedures for the measurement of energy and water 
consumption.

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    (i) * * *
    (3) The standby power for microwave ovens shall be determined 
according to section 3.2.4 of appendix I to this subpart. The standby 
power shall be rounded off to the nearest 0.1 watt.
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