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DOE Withdraws Interpretive Rule and Provides Enforcement Guidance on Showerheads

March 4, 2011 - 5:27pm

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The Department has withdrawn as unwarranted the draft interpretative rule setting out the Department's views on the definition of a "showerhead" for purposes of the water conservation standard enacted by Congress in 1992. To provide certainty going forward, however, the Department today provides a brief enforcement guidance, which balances the Department’s obligation to enforce the congressional standard with its determination to avoid needless economic dislocation. The guidance, available here, explains how the Department intends to enforce the 1992 law and provides manufacturers a two-year grace period before certain enforcement action will be taken.

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