Petition for Administrative Reconsideration of “Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Clothes Washer Energy Conservation Standards"
The undersigned organizations represent a broad cross-section of consumer advocacy and other public interest organizations, and respectfully petition the Department of Energy (DOE) to reconsider its new energy conservation standards for clothes washers.
As will be discussed below, DOE’s new standards conflict with several statutory criteria, including those designed to protect the interests of consumers. These concerns were raised during rulemaking proceedings, but have not been addressed by DOE. Furthermore, even if DOE does not believe that the law has been clearly violated, the new administration has the discretion to make changes to the standards. Therefore, we believe the Final Rule should be reopened for additional public comment and further agency consideration prior to its effective date.